18-year-old Abdulazez knows no limits

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Does 18-year-old Abdulazez Dukhan know no limits!?

Literally weeks after being relocated to Belgium with his family, he’s giving a speech in Dutch!!!

He said:

“Breaking the walls of language and starting next chapters,
practicing, making friends and trying to go to university.

Yesterday I finished the first level of Dutch, such a fabulous feeling to be able to express things in new language, I was so happy to be able to do a speech in Dutch.

My passion for languages comes from being able to communicate with new people.

A lot of misunderstanding in our world today is because of languages. But still, we have one mutual language which we all understand, it is the language of love.”

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A Message from Abdulazez

“Many years ago I didn’t expect to be a refugee… as you are not expecting yourself to be.

The decision of leaving home was the most difficult decision I have ever had to make, but there were no more options to choose from.

There is nothing like home. But being home without a house and fearing death were the reasons I decided finally to accept being a refugee.

Despite the language barriers, I found lots of warm welcomes, which makes me believe that love is stronger than hate, and humanity still exists.

I appreciate these new countries and I love these lovely people who are standing with us.

Choose love Xxx”

– Abdulazez Dukhan, an 18-year-old Syrian now living in Belgium.

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Abdulazez

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We met Abdulazez in Greece, where him and his family had lived in a refugee camp for 5 months after fleeing their home in Syria.

Abdulazez’s story is similar to the thousands of other Syrian’s living in refugees camps in Greece…his story represents that of many…but something special set him apart.

The creative, talented 19-year-old documented his entire journey through Facebook.

His positive outlook, at such a young age, has amazed us throughout, and has keep him going through the most testing of times.

His family have been waiting in Greece for over a year, to be legally relocated to a country where Abdulazez can continue his studies and they can live and work safely.

Recently they got the news they had been waiting for…they were finally being relocated to Belgium.

On finding this out, Abdulazez posted:

“Less than two weeks until I leave Greece.

Many dreams are in my mind, thinking about the many things to learn and many things to do, I can’t tell you what freedom means to me, how happy I will be when I will have freedom to go where I want and to learn and do what I want..

Hey future!

I am coming!”

The following week, he beautifully expressed himself through social media again:

“On Tuesday, I will be leaving for Belgium.

Can’t believe that this is really happening after 1 year and 2 months of being in Greece..

Greece is part of my life now. I want to say thanks to all my awesome friends who supported me while I was here.

I want to say that difficult moments introduced us to each other.

I want to say that 1 year ago my story started

to be continue..”

The day his family flew to Belgium, he shared an inspirational recap of the past year:

“Can’t believe I am finally out of Greece…

Let me go back real quick to tell you my story.

Over a year ago I arrived in Greece. We wanted to pass the borders to any country where I can continue my studies and just live safety again after years of losing it.

But borders closed and I was stuck in Greece.

I lived for 5 months in the camp and then moved to an apartment to try to get in to mainland Europe the legal way.

I waited for 9 months until I was able to finally leave.

Today I finally arrived in Belgium..

I can’t tell you how happy I am to know that I will be able to learn new languages and go back to studying maybe in few months…

I can’t tell you how happy I am to pass the difficulties of the last year and move to the next chapter

My dream was to be free to learn, free to live

And that’s the dream of many, many refugees.”

Using Facebook to share these developments allows us to feel close to those caught up in the crisis and brings a human face to the statistics we often read in the news.

At The Worldwide Tribe we believe this to be so valuable, and love the global community social media has enabled us to create.

Abdulaezez’s journey isn’t over now he has made it to his final destination.

Since arriving in Belgium he posted:

“9 days ago I arrived to Belgium! I can just see the light!

Again, I am in a refugees camp and I will be here for maybe 2 months until I have my papers.

Still, I am so happy because I started studying the language.

I started the course two days ago and I am looking forward being able to speak.

I can’t tell you how excited I am to go to university and to study more languages.

I am here to study, to learn, and to continue my life

I am not here just to do nothing. ; )

His posts have continued to be inspirational, heartwarming and full of incredible, positive insight:

“When I see people who I don’t know I look at them and smile, then I say hi, sometimes they respond and sometimes they don’t, but I don’t feel bad if they don’t respond, because at least I tried to break the walls between us.

Fear between refugees and the citizens is one of the biggest troubles we face today, we should always try to break the walls of fear and the unknown, we shouldn’t judge all because of some.

What happen is that refugees wait for citizens to say welcome

Citizens wait refugees to say hi

And fear still exists because both are waiting

Whoever you are..

if you are refugee go and say hi

if you are citizen go and say welcome

break that walls of fear, spread love”

However, the pain of what him, his family, his friends and those around him have experienced, does not disappear:

 

“Everytime I walk in the streets and I see buildings, cars and life I remember my country. I wonder how it would be if I was still there and our life just as it was, normal life like here and everywhere.

6 years of war and we have always been saying tomorrow is the day that roses will rise up again and bulliets will be buired.

6 years of hope and it still..

Syria never forgetten

We can’t be there, but there is in our hearts”

Abdulazez is a true inspiration for not just surviving the last years of his life, but excelling, learning and creating:

“The last year has been a really awesome year of friends.

Being from different countries did not stop us from being friends.

Being different colors did not stop our friendship.

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I have met many amazing guys while I was living in the camps last year, I would love to write all their names to remember them forever.

Sometimes you can find a real nice people in a difficult time.

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We were sharing good, bad, happy and sad moments together.

I am so thankful to have great friends like you

Love you all my friends”

Not only did he make friends from all corners of the earth, he learnt many skills too:

“Last year, I started learning photography from my small tent in Eko Station camp. I was practicing, playing around with the camera and trying out adjustments in the camp.

I used to only take photos inside the refugee camps, but last week, I decided to start taking photos of everyday life.

I feel so happy to be able to take photos of people today, to tell stories and to say I am a photographer!”

We are so proud to call Abdulazez our friend and follow him on his journey.

What an inspiration to us all.

Hey Future! I Am Coming!

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We have amazing news!

Our inspiration and long term friend Abdulazez Dukhan and his family have been successful in his relocation programme from Greece to Belgium.

When he found out, he wrote:

“Less than two weeks until I leave Greece!

Many dreams are in my mind, thinking about the many things to learn and many things to do, I can’t tell you what freedom means to me, how happy I will be when I will have freedom to go where I want and to learn and do what I want..

Hey future! I am coming!”

Good luck our lovely brother. We will be with you every step of the way.

I Am A Photographer

Guys, remember Abdulazez Dukhan? Our 18-year-old talented Syrian friend we met in Greece?

We are so bloody proud of him and how far he has come! He recently wrote:

“Last year, I started learning photography from my small tent in Eko Station camp. I was practicing, playing around with the camera and trying out adjustments.

I used to only take photos inside the refugee camps, but last week, I decided to start taking photos of everyday life.

I feel so happy to be able to take photos of people today, to tell stories and to say I am a photographer.”


Abdulazez you ARE a photographer, and an amazing one at that!

Abdulkarem

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Our lovely 18-year-old Syrian friend Abdulazez Dukhan has had some devastating news.

This is his cousin Abdulkarem. he died in Syria this week.

Abdulazez said the following:

“He wasn’t just my cousin, he was my best friend.

I spent 3 years with him when I left to the countryside.

He was the first friend I had when I arrived there.

We were always hanging out, having fun and challenging each other in soccer.

When I wanted to leave Syria, I told him to join us, but he refused.

He said:

“This is our country, what we are supposed to do?”

I was saying, “yes but what if we die? We can’t fight with nothing.
All we can do is wait in our houses until we die..”

I told him, “let’s try to change something, and then one day we will be stronger and we will be back in our country.”

But finally I wasn’t able to persuade him…

I left and he stayed…

3 days ago he died.

He died in Syria because of bombing.

Oh war you broke my heart.

I can’t forget your smile…Rest In Peace Abdulkarem”

Please SHARE this post and COMMENT below. Abdulazez will be reading them.

The Life Of A Refugee

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Our boy Abdulazez Dukhan is an 18-year-old Syrian refugee.

Forever resilient and resourceful, he taught himself photography and photoshop whilst living in a refugee camp, so he can creativity express his experiences.

This is how he sees the life of a refugee, in comparison to the rest of the world.

 

Please share his beautiful work to get his voice heard.

You can also follow his Facebook page: Through refugee eyes

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Are They Being Seen?

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Are these messages being delivered?

Are they being seen?

Have they been read?

This photo series was created by our 18-year-old brother Abdulazez Dukhan who’s Facebook page, Through refugee eyes, tells the stories of the people in the camp in which he lives.

Follow his page, SHARE THIS POST and lets get these messages out there!

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Through Refugee Eyes

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Our amazing friend, 18-year-old Abdulazez Dukhan has set up a Facebook page (Through refugee eyes) to bring a voice back to the people in the refugee camps in Greece. He says:

“I used to live in Homs city, Syria, with my family and friends.

As the war increased, it took away any safe option of staying in my hometown, my home country.

On the day we fled, I remember being consumed by three feelings:

1. Thankfulness for the chance of life, 2. deep sorrow, and 3. determination to try my best.

Telling the truth was the first right we lost in the war, so I began teaching myself photography during our escape. I borrowed cameras, computers and books, all in the hope of later telling the stories of what had happened to families from Syria.

On the 26th of February 2016, I arrived in Greece with my family. The border was shut 12 days later, and I officially became a refugee resident in a tent camp.

Almost one year has passed now and being in different refugee camps, I have met families, friends and children who have shared their stories with me.

Through refugee eyes is a Facebook page created to pass their stories on to you.

Looking through my lens, I am deeply hoping you will look at reality with us.

Our hopes, our smiles, our suffering, our lives…it is all here, told as truthfully as possible.

We need you here with us – eyes wide open.

Please check out my page:
Through refugee eyes ”

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