by: Mhreteab, an Eritrean refugee in Belgium
My name is Mhreteab and I am living in Belgium as a refugee. I was forced to flee Eritrea in 2017, when my wife was pregnant with our first child.
When I got refugee status in Belgium, my wife and son also fled Eritrea to Ethiopia and applied for visa to join me in Belgium. The family reunion procedure took one year, because we had to do a DNA test. Now, I finally met my 2 and a half year old son for the first time. Since I am studying in Belgium to be a nurse, I have a very low income and it was not possible for me to buy the tickets for my wife and son to come to Belgium. Luckily my social assistant told me about Miles4Migrants and they accepted my request for tickets. I cannot tell you how hard it was for me to leave without even being able to see my son and to be without my wife and son for such a long time. I am so happy to be reunited with them now, thanks to the help of Miles4Migrants. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.