Ahmad

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“From Aleppo to Mexico they built a bridge for me; I will build one to return to Syria”

My name is Ahmad, I am 23 years old. I was born in the city of Aleppo, Syria. I graduated from the University of Aleppo in Telecommunications from the Faculty of Electronics and Electrical Engineering in 2016. I worked in a small organization in Aleppo that provided people with food and clothing. Before graduating, I was a teacher and also an intern in a telecommunication company, Syrialtel.

In the first events of the war in Aleppo in 2012, I left to Al-Bab, a city outside Aleppo where my grandparents lived. After a couple of months, I went back to Aleppo because I wanted to finish my studies, as in 2012 I was in my first year of College. I graduated four years later and had to decide whether to go or stay and wait for an unwanted destiny since I didn't have a job and I wanted to continue my studies. I decided to leave Syria - it was necessary due to the war.

I am very happy because I am part of the Habesha project*; this change is like a miracle after very difficult years in Syria. To be honest, I didn't know anything about Mexico, but once the Habesha project helped me, I started researching a little of Mexican history, culture, ecosystems and food. When I arrived at the airport in Mexico, I saw many very friendly and amazing people.

The language is a little complicated since I had never had to use the Spanish in my life, but I am taking a Spanish course at the UVM College as a part of the Habesha project’s partnerships. I'll get a good level to study a master’s degree.

Finally, I want to thank the Habesha project for giving me the opportunity to finish my studies in such a beautiful country as Mexico and for making it possible for me to learn the language and to live just like any other citizen.

* The Habesha Project is a neutral, not-for-profit, non-political, and non-faith based international Mexican and Costa Rican-led humanitarian initiative aimed at making it possible for Syrian students who have fled the conflict to travel to Mexico to pursue higher education.

The Habesha Project: http://www.proyectohabesha.org/english/.

Habesha Project Costa Rica: https://www.facebook.com/HabeshaCR/

Habesha Project Mexico: https://www.facebook.com/proyectohabesha/

12,324 kmfrom home
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Ahmad
Occupation: 
Student
Current Country: 
México
Country of Origin: 
Syrian Arab Republic

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