Hi, I’m Mateen. The reason I'm in Germany is war. I came here to have a secure future, because in Syria there’s neither opportunity nor hope. In Syria I lived in Damascus. Things went well for me there. I had everything I needed. But when the war broke out, everything completely changed and the situation became unbearable. Because bombs were being thrown down on us from every direction, we couldn't sleep – it was too loud. People constantly screamed and cried because they were afraid of death.
For days we had to get by without supplies, without water, electricity, and food. I couldn't leave my house because I was afraid I’d get shot. I also couldn't go to school because we were told it had been completely destroyed and that the instructors had all disappeared. My father, who’s old and sick, couldn't go to work because during this time there was nothing for him to do.
Why is this happening to us? That was the only question I kept asking myself, because so many innocent people died who weren't involved with this war in any way. Some died from thirst and hunger alone. Others from bullet wounds because people had to wait one to two days for medical assistance. But that’s often too late.
In Germany I plan to study and finish school. But my family is still in Syria. I don't know when I'll be able to bring them to Germany so that we can live here together. Only then will my parents feel safe, because what they're experiencing in Syria now is just simply unbearable. Supporters of President Baschar al-Assad cared little whether they struck children, women, or mosques with their bombs.
The moment I arrived in Germany, I realized that peace and justice prevailed here and that the Germans were very friendly people. But the journey to Germany wasn't easy: I almost died because I almost fell off a cliff as I climbed down a mountain. That's why I was so overjoyed to finally get to safety. The language and the German customs were huge barriers for me in the beginning, but with time I soon overcame these barriers. To end, I just want to say that I really miss my parents and that I hope that one day we can live together here in Germany. This is my life, which isn't much different from the lives of most, if not all, other people living in Syria.