Mohammad Kharfan from Syria
“My children experienced terrible things in Syria.”
This year and last year, Turkey was the country that took in the largest number of refugees worldwide: 2.5 million people. One of these refugees was Mohammad Kharfan. With his wife, their five children, his sick mother, and other family members, he lived in Turkey for six months, a few hours away from Istanbul. Life in Turkey was difficult for his family. As a street vendor, Mohammad Kharfan, whose profession is actually as a writer, could barely support his family. “In Turkey, there was no way for my children to go to school regularly,” he reports. He was also very worried about the health of his children, “because in Syria they experienced such terrible things,” says Mohammad Kharfan. Hoping to improve his and his family’s living situation, he applied for a Canadian admission program. The Canadian administration told him that his family would not be allowed to enter the country until December. Consequently, he decided to take his family to Germany through an unusual method and paid a lot of money to a human trafficker.