• Husam's Story

    I had begun to lose hope that I would see my family again after one year of separation away from my wife and cute daughters, but now I am feeling great and happy after my family arrived in Belgium! It was a bad feeling that I was safe in Belgium while my family was under fire, in danger, and a real threat to their life. 

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  • Mr. Ayoub's story

    This man was a dentist in Syria who raised Arabian horses to race and stud. He was a millionaire, living well and everything was good in his life. He belonged to the Catholic faith, a minority, but he had no problems until the war. When the war started things started going bad for him

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  • Denia and Jose's story

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  • Mariatu's story

    Mariatu lives with her three young children in London. Her three oldest children, now in their late teens, remained in her home country as she has become separated from them whilst seeking asylum. 

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  • Lucy's Story - in Partnership with HIAS

    This story was adapted from our partner HIAS*. Original story is linked here.

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  • Berta's story

    I grew up in a Christian family; very respectful and filled with love. At the age of 17 years old, I fell in love with a person I met at work. I worked in a restaurant and that is where I met that man. Then they fired him for taking drugs to work and since I had already accepted to talk with him and to going out with him, he forced me to go live with him. 

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  • Jean's Story

    My name is Jean de Dieu. I left my country, Burundi, becauseof political reasons. I was supporter of the opposition party. I was also president of this party in my district. I was threatened and I came to Belgium in October 2017. When I left my country, my wife was pregnant and I also had 3 other children.

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  • Juan and Diego's Story

    Juan and Diego are migrants from Honduras. As Diego has palsy and is unable to walk or speak, Juan carried his young son over 1500 miles to the US. 

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  • Rifaat's Story

    Hello, I am Rifaat, I am Palestinian and have been living in Belgium for 3,5 years. I was living in Lebanon with my family, my wife and 4 children, but I needed to leave Lebanon and my family because we were undocumented and because of my beliefs. We had a difficult time living in this situation. I met Caritas and thank them for helping me and my family. They informed about the possibility to ask M4M to help with the plane tickets. I want to thank everyone who contributed to our reunion and brought hapiness back to us.
    Greetings, Rifaat


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  • Mapasa's Story

    I am MAPASA.  I am Congolese from Kinshasa. I am an independent protester.  Like a Congolese fighter for the liberation of our country.  It is like a partisan of the UDPS.

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  • Edgar's Story

    As their high school aged kids were finishing up homework and getting ready for bed, two women stood in the dark behind the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) offices in downtown LA waiting for a high school-aged boy to be released from detention. The two women and the boy were strangers to each other.

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  • Khalil's Story

    I am the former guardian of Khalil, an unaccompanied minor refugee from Afghanistan who got the status of ‘subsidiary protected’ in Belgium as from May 2017.  At that time still a minor, Khalil applied for family reunification.   With the assistance of Caritas International Belgium the family started the procedure.  They were able to gather all the necessary documents and submitted their application at the Belgian Embassy in Islamabad – Pakistan early October 2017. In August 2018 the decision of the Belgian government was positive and the family was allowed to come to Belgium.

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  • Ahmed and Halima's Story

    Childhood sweethearts Ahmed and Halima were apart for five years after they were married. Thanks to a Miles4Migrants donor, and through our partnership with Together Now, they are now reunited in the UK.

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  • Assalah's Story, part 2

    The day of May 12, 2017 was a day of happiness and hope for me, as I arrived in Belgium and saw my mother, sister, and brother after two years of being separated. Happiness and warmth spread in our whole family, and this was a very beautiful thing that was unexpected. It was as if I had been in a dream and awoken after two years of pain, loss, and longing that I spent living alone, far away from my family. I was always alone and scared, two years without mercy, or school, or friends; I was by myself between four walls with no idea what to do or where to go. I turned to God to save me from my pain and misery, and all the problems we'd faced these many years.

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  • Homayoon's Story

    Dear Sir,Madam,

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  • Mrs. Nshombo's Story

    Mrs Nshombo, Prisca’s mother, asked me to write you this message  in order to express her gratitude.

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  • Ghassan's story

    Ghassan, his wife, Zainab, and their 5 children left their home in Daraa, Syria in 2013, as the war was becoming very dangerous, and fled to Jordan.  They attempted to settle into life in Jordan but Ghassan was unable to work because of Jordanian laws. Ghassan eventually left for Sweden and a new life, promising to send for his family later.

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  • The Alsarraj Family's Story

    Dear Kawtare and Miles4Migrants,

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  • Hamza's Story

    Hamza is a Syrian boy from Deir-ez-Zor, a city occupied by ISIS. He escaped, but had to leave his mother and younger sister and brothers behind. His father passed away. Hamza travelled alone, though Turkey, and took a boat to Greece. From there he travelled until he arrived in Brussels, where he applied for asylum in November 2015.

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  • Nazafarin’s story

    I was a teacher in Iran and my husband was a mechanical engineer. I had opinions about women’s freedom and unfortunately the government didn’t like it so I left my country to avoid being in prison for the rest of my life.

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  • Marwan is reunited with his family

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  • Janvier's Story

    My name is Janvier Kajenjeri. I am from Burundi. I came to Belgium in 2014 as a medical student. When I left my country, I left my wife and my 2 children who were 3 years and 5 months old at that time.

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  • The Alsuliman family's story

    My name is Tarek. I am from Syria and I used to live with my family in Aleppo. When life in Aleppo became very dangerous, I started a 12-day journey to Belgium, together with my uncle Youssef, who is the brother of my father. My family stayed behind in Aleppo, because it was too expensive to pay the smugglers for the whole family. It was very difficult to leave my family,but if I would succeed in applying for asylum in Belgium, I knew I could bring my family over in a safe and legal way. The scariest part of our journey was when we took the boat from Turkey to Greece. I was terrified and feared for my life. But luckily, thanks to God, we arrived safely in Belgium on the 2nd of August, 2015. We were on the road for 12 days, along with a lot of other Syrian people. At the time, I was only 13 years old.

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  • Mona's Story

    Mona, her husband Jehad, and their 6 children left Dara'a, Syria, in early 2014. The war had been going on for some time, but they had tried to hold on, hoping things things would get better. As more and more of their neighbors were being killed they were able to make it into Jordan just before the border with Syria was closed.

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  • The Mawardi Family's Story

    Hello Seth Stanton and our generous donor Mark Ayoub!  We wanted to tell you “thank you from our hearts!” You don’t realize it, maybe, but you have contributed to save the life of a family and you give us the chance to rebuild a new life together in another country.

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  • Mahmoud's Story

    I am looking at my family right now and it is like I am in a dream, but it is real, I can't believe it. This person in America gave me the tickets to be with my family, he doesn't even know me. He is so kind.

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  • Massoud's Story

    ‘I don’t know which one to hug first.’

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  • Issam's Story

    Hello, my name is Issam and I am recognized as a refugee in Belgium. I am from Syria and I fled my country because of the war. I am married and I have 2 children. I was chef in pastry in Syria and Turkey. My wife took care of the children and also was studying at university.

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  • Assalah's Story

    Hello, my name is Assalah, I am 19 years old and I come from Iraq. My father has disappeared in Iraq since more than 2 years now. Probably died… That’s why my mother, sister and brother had to run away from the country.

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  • Arman's Story

    Arman has been in the UK for almost two years, his English is coming on and despite the terrible weather in the city he lives in he’s settling in and going to college. His wife and child have been in Iran whilst he’s been here. Arman is a Christian and as such faced persecution at home. Because of this he’s not willing for us to use his real name or pictures of him being reunited with his family.

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  • Kaden and Alima's story

    Kaden last saw his daughter Alima when she was 12 years old. Their life in Iran was very different to the situation they find themselves in now. Kaden lives in the UK and is studying English, he’s been here for 6 years and hopes that soon it will be good enough for him to find work as a fitness instructor. He currently lives in a small carefully decorated flat on a quiet suburban road. It won’t be big enough for both of them but he’s making arrangements to move. In readiness for Alima’s arrival everywhere has been cleaned and there are fruit and sweets laid out on the coffee table. He’s prepared a meal of traditional Iranian dishes for her when they get back from the airport.

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  • Adnan's Story

    Following our marriage, in 2010, the revolution in Syria began. In 2012, I finished my master’s degree. But, due to my problems with the Syrian regime, I couldn’t have a job in a nearby private university where I used to teach. It was almost impossible to pass through the regime's checkpoints. I spent the following 18 months in my hometown volunteering to provide humanitarian aid to displaced people and other people in need. The town was besieged for almost 2 years.

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