Adnan’s Story

by: Adnan, a Syrian Refugee in Belgium

Following our marriage, in 2010, the revolution in Syria began. In 2012, I finished my master’s degree. But, due to my problems with the Syrian regime, I couldn’t have a job in a nearby private university where I used to teach. It was almost impossible to pass through the regime’s checkpoints. I spent the following 18 months in my hometown volunteering to provide humanitarian aid to displaced people and other people in need. The town was besieged for almost 2 years.

In 2013 the shelling of the town badly increased and I fled along with my wife and son. We headed to an Arab country. After we fled Syria the Syrian regime forces invaded the town along with their allies, the Shi’a militias from Iraq and Lebanon. We spent 14 months away. Then I heard the bad news coming from my home town: The loss of my father. The arrest of my brother and uncle who were, after several months, killed under torture by the regime’s security forces. We were in despair. But we had to overcome fear, sorrow and anxiety over the future. It was the path chosen for us. It was our fate.

My wife had to come back to Syria in order to give birth to our second child. I had no choice but to send her my in law’s house. I headed to Turkey and found a good opportunity to work for an international NGO. Unfortunately it was short term contract. After 4 months my wife came to Turkey along with the kids. It was very joyful moment to reunite. We spent 4 months together.  I searched high and low for another job. It was not successful like the first time. I was running out of money in country which I can’t have a legal residency permit or work permission. I tried and searched more and more. But I failed.

When one journey of suffering ends, another begins.

I had only one choice: to send my family back home again and march to Europe. But this time the journey was far longer, far bitterer, and far more painful. I spent every last penny to reach Belgium. I was away from my family for a total of 18 months, 20 days and almost 5 hours. I tasted all kinds of sleepless nights, day dreaming and other problems.

Finally I reunited with them thanks to the great help offered by Miles4Migrants. I really appreciate their help and thank them deep from my heart.

How Miles4Migrants helps

We collaborate with a network of global non-governmental organization (NGO) partners who work directly with refugees and migrants to identify and verify individuals who are financially unable to afford air travel. Once our partners submit flight requests, we use donated frequent flyer miles, credit card points, travel vouchers, and cash to eliminate transportation barriers for the most vulnerable individuals affected by war, persecution, or climate disaster. Our goal is to help these individuals reunite with their loved ones and start a new life in a safe environment.

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– According to the United Nations, there are currently 108 million individuals forcibly displaced from their homes worldwide.  

– The Universal Declaration of Human Rights states that seeking asylum is a fundamental human right. Everyone has the right to life and liberty. Everyone has the right to freedom from fear. Everyone has the right to seek asylum from persecution.

As migration is often the last option for survival, migrants may embark on clandestine journeys, subject to danger, extortion, and inhumane conditions

Once they finally get legal approval for resettlement, migrants face another challenge that makes the journey seem impossible: the transportation costs.

There are many ways for you to get involved and help us continue our work:

You can donate cash to help us cover operational expenses or contribute your unused air miles, credit card points, or travel vouchers to help us book flights for refugees and asylum seekers. Additionally, you can help us spread the word about our cause and our impact on the lives of those we serve.

Every donation, no matter how big or small, has the power to make a difference. Thank you for considering supporting our mission.

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