Evin's story

Evin and her family came to Denmark in August 2014. Her parents originally lived in Jobar, the first area in Damascus to be bombed in 2012. Their house and a large part of Jobar have been left in ruins a long time ago.

Meet Evin (b. 2012) from Damascus, Syria.


Evin’s parents originally lived in Jobar, the first area in Damascus to be bombed in 2012. 

When the bombs started falling they fled to Evin’s grandparents’ house, where they for a while lived ten people in one house. None of them could work because of the war.


The family fled to Tripoli in Libya where they lived for two years while Evin’s father worked as a carpenter. Shootings in the streets were common and the conditions reminded them of those they had fled from in Syria. When Evin’s brother Salem was to start school, further problems arose since the schools in Tripoli would not register him because he was from Syria. 

The family decided to try to flee out of Libya. To get away, they sat on a crowded ship with 1.500 other refugees. The old ship which had been used for fishing sailed towards Italy and it took them 12 hours before the Italian cost guard found them – before they reached the coast of Italy they had been on the water for 48 hours.

Evin and her family came to Denmark in August 2014. They have got a residence permit and Evin now lives with her mother, father and two siblings.

Their house and a large part of Jobar have been left in ruins a long time ago. Still, 20-50 bombs are being thrown every day and the area which had a population of 250.000 before the war broke out now contains about 50.000 civilians. 

Evin lost her uncle in a bomb attack in 2014. He died 24 years old.



Photo by Martin Thaulow, Copyright © Refugee.Today/Good people.

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