Outside Samsam’s home, wind runs softly through colourful and widely travelled clothes, silently telling the story of a long journey from Somalia to Malta. This journey began 2006 in Mogadishu, in the hard-fought capital of Somalia.
Sanaa left South Sudan together with her parents and sisters when she was only six years old. They arrived in Malta in 1995. “I know where I come from but I do feel Maltese.”
“He had promised me the only thing I wanted, a sense of security of a life of happiness,” Nikki said. “But on the way I found out that he sold me.”
Hagos, a young man with a contagious smile diligently cleans the floor at the children’s ward in Mater Dei hospital while he waves joyfully to Maria, a young Maltese patient in a wheelchair. But Hagos’ warm smile does not reveal the painful experiences he went through leaving behind his home and family in Eritrea.
Syria is today engulfed in a bitter conflict where, according to reports, thousands of people have died and many have fled to neighbouring countries to find a safe haven. And even long before the current crisis erupted some groups in Syria have been struggling to have their voices heard. Lawand tells his story.