Neighbour’s extension leaves just eight-inch gap between houses
After working in a hospital, I was able to save money for my family to move into our own place and we’ve been there ever since. We’ve tried to make it as homely as possible and it finally feels like we’re back to being ourselves again after such a long time of hardships and instability.
My children are now attending school and my husband works online in digital marketing so everything feels settled. I can’t even imagine where I’d be if it wasn’t for the generosity and kindness of the hosts at Refugees at Home.
I’m just so thankful my family is all safe and happy – but most importantly, we’re together.
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As I was standing at the Heathrow Airport arrivals gate waiting to be reunited with my husband and two children after three years of separation, I was a wreck.
I kept looking down because I was expecting my kids – who were nine and 11 when I last saw them – to be just as tall as when I left them.
When they eventually came around the corner, I initially didn’t recognise them.
It wasn’t until I saw my husband that I thought ‘where are my children?’ and they were actually in front of him but they’d changed so much.
As soon as I realised, I ran up to them all and gave them a big hug. After fleeing Syria and then being separated because I came to the UK alone to try to apply for asylum, it was a much-needed reunion.
Our new life was only just beginning but it was years and many hands in the making.
Eight years ago, I found out through fellow displaced Syrian friends that my small flat in the outskirts of Damascus was destroyed during civil unrest in Syria and I lost everything in it. I was absolutely devastated.
Thankfully, by that point, my family had already made the choice to leave our home and move to Dubai in 2000.
It wasn’t an easy decision to leave Syria though. I grew up in Damascus, studied hard and became an anaesthetist in a state children’s hospital – where I worked for 10 years. I worked across the paediatric surgical ward and neonatal ward, as well as supervised postgraduates in anaesthesia.
But just before the turn of the century, political tensions were rising so my husband and I made the decision to move to Dubai because he got a job there and
Source:: Metro News
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