‘I was never deported’: What it was like to be a child in a foreign country
Posted On July 28, 2021
A year ago, my father and I had a very difficult time leaving our hometown of Brooklyn, New York, where I grew up.
As a young child, I would always want to return home, but in my dreams I dreamed of being an actress or a journalist.
The last year of my life was spent working in the media and performing as a child, when I was around five years old.
The dream of an actress turned into a reality as a refugee, but the reality was much worse.
When I was born, my parents fled from Sudan and moved to Lebanon.
At the age of nine, my mother died and my father was left alone.
The moment that I became a refugee was very different than what my parents had planned for me.
At that moment, I realized that my dream of being a writer and journalist had been ruined.
So I wanted to be the first person in my family to be accepted into an asylum program, and I was able to do that.
Since I was a young boy, my life has been a constant struggle.
I have been a refugee from Syria and Lebanon, a refugee in Hungary, and a refugee living in a refugee camp in Germany.
But the most important thing for me was that I would have a future.
I was so grateful for the help of my parents, who always taught me to try to help people, regardless of their circumstances.
I am grateful that they helped me and I hope that they will continue to do so.
I know that I have the opportunity to make a difference in the world through my work, and if I want to do it in a positive way, I will be able to make an impact on a global scale.
Today, I am a refugee.
This story was originally published in The Washington Post’s “Inside Story: The Inside Story: Refugees and migrants” series.
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