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A Short Walk Through Europe

September 15, 2015

by Barbara Nimri Aziz

It was hardly six weeks ago that Walid announced he’d finally saved enough at his part time construction job in Lebanon to pay the smuggler’s fee. After two years of wearily waiting for conditions to improve in his homeland, it was time to move on. When I met Walid in 2009, he was completing his degree in literature at Damascus University. He often spoke about visiting foreign lands, but it wasn’t as a refugee fleeing his proud land of Syria. It wasn’t with a single knapsack on his back. It was not before he heard news of whether his brother, a young military officer and trained lawyer in Palmyra had survived captivity during the ISIS assault on that city. It was not without completing his degree. Or knowing the fate of  Karim, his childhood friend, who in the earliest days of the uprising joined opposition forces. It was not without an embrace from his mother.

Two weeks passed. We spoke the night before he and four friends left for Turkey. On August 30, on his Facebook page, Walid posted “Walking with a friend in the dark is better than walking alone in light.-Hellen keller.”

 

Not long after that, daily messages arrived along with some grainy photos on my viber account.

This pic in serbian hungarian borders

Now I am in budabesit in hungary

We are wating for train to go to germany

My journy was good and safe untill now

need just ur prayers and ur encouragment

Now iam in hungary we are stuck and wait to go out without take our fingerprints in hungary

Here in the kelti station there was a gathering of syrian young to let us go by train

We buy food from around us

nowdays hungarian people give us water and sweets and plankts

I think I could pass the way I still just have little step to get to germany

Hello dear freind dr, I am happy now I am in Austeria they are a goodhearted people Today I will take train for germany; If God wanted.

Hello dear freind

I reached sweden today,  thanks God.

Why not yes you can?

[ A Short Walk Through Europe ]


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