Fearing for the safety of his family and the retribution that the Syrian Army may exact upon them, ‘Ahmed’ is just a name he has given for the purposes of this story. Officially the Syrian army knows nothing of his whereabouts, otherwise his family would be in great danger, so sustaining this lie costs Ahmed’s father in monthly bribes. Something he needed to be mindful of as he left Syria.
Ahmed explained how he arrived in Duisburg after travelling through Lebanon, flying to Turkey and, after five days in Turkey, heading for Germany via the Greece and Eastern Europe. A journey that would take 25 days across land sea and air.