ICC Note: A Syrian refugee, stranded in Jordan, shares his struggles as a Christian in the Middle East. Moussa tells the story of how he and his brother fled Syria due to the increase in kidnappings and killings of Christians. Now, stuck in Jordan, Moussa and his brother are desperately trying to get to Europe to reunite with their family.
06/2014 Syria (BBC) – The BBC’s Dale Gavlak meets Moussa, a Syrian refugee stranded in Jordan and desperate to join his family in Europe and get his life and career back on track.
Nothing so far is turning out the way this young Syrian man has planned.
Success as a university student in English, a language not many Syrians learn, coupled with promising work as a salesman back home in the northern Syrian town of Qamishli once meant that Moussa could look forward to great future job prospects.
But all of that changed when he and his brother were forced to flee recently to Jordan for their lives.
Becoming a refugee was the last thing on this ambitious man’s mind.
“My brother and I escaped because of the dangers of kidnapping and killing of Christians in northern Syria,” said the 33-year-old dressed in a grey T-shirt and baseball cap. “Christians are perceived to have money and that’s why they are kidnapped by Islamist militants.”
I want the Pope to pray for us, for peace in Syria and for the war to end”
“We knew people who were held for ransom and felt it was unsafe for us to stay any longer in Syria,” the young man said, nervously.
“On top of that, there are many difficulties of just living in Syria. There is no work, prices have shot up. Water and electricity aren’t available. Actually there is nothing left,” he said.
Desperate to reunite with most of their family now safely in Europe, Moussa and his brother Samir then paid thousands of pounds to a human trafficker to help them travel abroad.