My name is Wael Hawar. I used to live in Aleppo, Syria. I came to Denmark in 2013 and one year after I was united with my wife Fatima. Since then, we got our daughter, Layan. I fled Syria to avoid being forced to join the military, even though I had already served my military service. When the military called me in for the third time in 2013 I decided to flee the country. In Syria, I worked as a camera man with television productions. Today I work with concrete in the company PlBeton.

My family. This is my wife Fatima and my daughter.

My daughter has a beautiful smile. It makes me so happy to see her smile.

The weather is lovely, and the sun is shining. My family is about to learn how to ride a bike.

I miss my parents. Every single day I fear for their lives. When they do not answer, I am so afraid that something has happened to them.

“Hygge” with my friends. We are having a barbeque and a good time.

My wife and her friends.

My colleague from work.

This is my friend Ingelise. She is a volunteer in a group called “Bornholm’s Refugee Friends” and helps us.

My friend Hisham.

Wahida is a friend of my family. Sometimes we meet up in the “Culture House” and hang out.

This is my friend Steen. He is a volunteer in a group called “Bornholm’s Refugee Friends” and helps us.

I had two brothers. My elder brother Abdul went to the military to fill out some documents, but never returned and has now been missing for two years. He left a wife and three children behind. My younger brother, Muhammad, was also called in to serve the military and ended up in jail for six months. His autopsy showed that he died of a heart condition.

My favorite street in Rønne.

My daughter Layan.

about the project

INSIGHT is a series of photo essays taken and written by refugees living in Denmark. With financial support from the Danish fund; Hjælpefonden Journalistgården, Refugee.Today has been able to give 10 refugees the opportunity to show us their lives in Denmark.

The participants in INSIGHT live in various parts of Denmark, from Hjørring to Bornholm, and are of different nationalities and backgrounds. They are all reefugees with a residence permit in Denmark, but first of all they are individuals. In the course of 7 days these people have documented their everyday lives through photography and words.

By letting refugees be in charge of the camera, Refugee.Today offers an insight into a world that is not always accessible to the public. Refugees and integration are heavily disputed topics in Danish society, but rarely are the voices and viewpoints of the refugees themselves visible in the debate.

Through these photo essays the viewer is offered a gaze into everyday life as a newcomer in Denmark. How does the Danish society look through their eyes? How is everyday life as a refugee in a new country taking place? How is the past and present balanced for people who have had to flee their homes?

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