My children deserve to grow up far away from fear and death
I was born and lived in Iraq, but I had to leave my homeland because I was scared. I was worried for my own, and my family's lives. Every day we saw people killed. It seems unbelievable, but it really is so. On the news every day they counted the victims. Sometimes this number exceeds one hundred, sometimes a thousand.
I had everything in Iraq - my wife, children, a job, a house, a car... I had everything. But that means nothing if you're exposed to a fight for survival every day and crawl into bed every night wondering if you'll see the next day. If your children will live to grow up.
I left the country with my wife and children, but I still cannot get in touch with the rest of the family who remained in Iraq because all telecommunication networks are destroyed.
Our journey to Serbia lasted two months. The first destination was Turkey. We traveled first by bus to Istanbul and then by boat, after which we went to Bulgaria. Often we were forced to sleep on the ground without any bedding, because they would not accept us in hotels / hostels. The children have already been sick several times from the cold.
From the Serbian border we were taken to Belgrade, but the police told us that they would take us to the refugee camp in Krnjača, where we will spend the night. At Miksalište we get food, clothing, the children were examined by doctors, and we had a chance to take a shower after a long time.
I hope they will accept me in Serbia and that I will be able to find a job. I want to live and work here, to raise my children. They deserve to grow up in a healthy environment, far away from fear and death.