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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Meet The 9-Year-Old Boy Who Found Sanctuary From The Horrors Of Syria In Snowy Sweden

“I
 just want to live a new life, far from violence, killing, and war.”


In 2012, Mahmoud and his family fled their hometown of Aleppo, in Syria, as civil war raged in the country.


In 2012, Mahmoud and his family fled their hometown of Aleppo, in Syria, as civil war raged in the country.


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They settled in Egypt, renting a small flat in the suburbs of Cairo.


They settled in Egypt, renting a small flat in the suburbs of Cairo.


Not long afterwards though, with the huge unrest in the country and subsequent removal of President Mohamed Morsi, public opinion turned against Syrians seeking refuge in Egypt.


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Mahmoud became the victim of bullies and was physically attacked. Afraid and unable to attend school, the young boy refused to leave his family’s apartment.


Mahmoud became the victim of bullies and was physically attacked. Afraid and unable to attend school, the young boy refused to leave his family’s apartment.


"I wanted to leave because there is no school here and I don't have friends," Mahmoud said in 2013.


"They hit me all the time."


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Mahmoud’s father Mohamed Farid also saw no future for his eldest child in Egypt and eventually took the harrowing decision to put his son on an illegal boat to Italy, alone.


Mahmoud’s father Mohamed Farid also saw no future for his eldest child in Egypt and eventually took the harrowing decision to put his son on an illegal boat to Italy, alone.


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