Saimand Kanjo, 21, a Syrian Kurd who has lived in Cyprus for 10 years now, belongs to the global 1% of refugees who can access university education, thanks to a scholarship offered by the University of Nicosia to study physiotherapy.
Read today our fourth story, about a 57 year old mother who fled South Sudan with her twin sons in a quest for protection. The family sought asylum in Cyprus last June, but a year after they gave up hope that they could call Cyprus a home.
Today’s story is the third in our series about life as an asylum-seeker woman in Cyprus. Fear and insecurity as well as substandard living conditions prevail.
Celine is a 33-year old mother of three who graduated high-school in her native Congo, and is a skilled seamstress. She is waiting for a decision on her asylum application, which she made in Cyprus in 2009.
Amdi * only 11 months old, appears carefree, playing in his crib at Makarios Hospital, where he was admitted comatose on Thursday morning. His situation was critical, but fortunately stabilised soon after. He may have escaped danger, but his mother has not yet overcome the shock.