Safe, free and trapped….

Testimony of a young boy Lesvos Island
January 30, 2017

My name is Ahmet and I come from Afghanistan. I was 14 years old when I was forced to leave my country. It has been two years since I left and still I cannot speak of the things I have witnessed and lived there. Sometimes I feel like a volcano ready to explode. One day I decided to draw on the wall my life and in this way to get out all these pictures engraved inside me and choking me.  In my painting I have drawn my journey, a route that is difficult to describe in words. The goal of this journey was my safety and my freedom.

I left when I was 14 years old, I travelled to Iran and stayed there almost for a month until I found a way to reach Turkey. In Turkey I stayed for two years and I worked 14 hours a day in constructions. Particularly I participated in the construction of the building which stands out in my painting. The salary was extremely low but I had to collect the amount needed to come to Greece.

My father was killed by a mine two and a half years ago, my mother and my sisters are in Afghanistan and I don’t even know if they are still alive.  Me, without wanting to forget, I try to continue and someday make my dream come true. I want to get out of here. I wish to go to another European country, to study and become what I always dreamed of˙ a Pilot!

I am still in Greece. I don’t know for how long and if I will finally manage. But I feel trapped… I want to go.

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