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From Syria to Ukraine border: A refugee, Omar Alshakal, aids battle victims

From Syria to Ukraine border: A refugee, Omar Alshakal, aids battle victims

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When 28-year-old Syrian Omar Alshakal noticed the exodus of determined folks fleeing Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, he knew first hand what they had been going by — and beginning considering of the way to assist.

“As an individual who got here from a battle I utterly perceive how individuals are scared and fleeing, attempting to be protected,” he informed AFP, shivering in his jacket and gray beanie within the freezing temperatures on the Siret border crossing between Ukraine and Romania.

“I strive to ensure I might help as many individuals as I can and provides them hope for the long run,” he says.

The stocky, bearded Alshakal spent intervals in detention in Syria, together with numerous others who joined protests in opposition to the dictatorship of President Bashar al-Assad.

Then, he says, in 2013 he was injured by an explosion near the automobile wherein he was attempting to get injured folks to hospital.

After making his method to Turkey to hunt medical care, in 2014 he determined with two pals to undertake an arduous swim throughout to Greek territory, the gateway to the EU the place he dreamt of beginning a brand new life.

Following a short keep in Germany he returned to Greece in an effort to assist others fleeing and in 2017 based the Refugee4Refugees affiliation on the island of Lesbos.

Youngsters in tears
Final month, moved by the humanitarian disaster unfolding in Ukraine, he determined to go to Siret, the place 130,000 folks have crossed the border since February 24, overwhelmingly girls and youngsters.

“I keep in mind the primary time on the border I noticed a small lady screaming ‘Daddy’ and crying,” he remembers.

Many able-bodied males have remained in Ukraine to struggle the Russian forces.

His affiliation rented a small resort a few kilometres from the border the place they may home between 50 and 100 refugees.

An annex of the constructing has already been full of piles of meals and hygiene provides, Alshakal says, whereas unloading a truck carrying humanitarian assist together with different volunteers.

The picket skeleton of an extension to the location stands close by, with the hope that this may develop capability.

‘One household’
The positioning is staffed by round 10 of Alshakal’s colleagues from around the globe, and the organisation is looking for extra individuals who can be a part of the trouble.

Alshakal says he needs to make these fleeing “really feel like we’re one household”.

“We’re collectively for the happiness and for the disappointment,” he provides.

Having a Syrian passport means travelling is not all the time as easy because it could be.

On his means into Romania he says he was stopped and questioned by the police about what he deliberate to do there.

As for his personal future, he says: “My life is again dwelling, subsequent to my household and my pals”.

“I’m dreaming of going again however do not see it occurring now,” he provides.

Ready for him in Syria are his dad and mom, a brother and sister whom he hasn’t seen in virtually 12 years.

For now he takes issues daily.

“Right this moment I hope nobody will need assistance and everybody shall be protected, that is my dream.”

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