“It was during Ramadan in 2016 when my wife, my brother and I went to Turkey by bus. From there we paid a smuggler to take us to Greece and Bulgaria. In Bulgaria we walked for two and a half days to reach Germany, but we were caught by the Bulgarian police and put in jail for four days before being released. We decided to go to Germany by any means. I had heard that Germany was good to refugees," said Dler who migrated from Iraq to Germany in November 2016 in search of a better life for his family.
"We walked through forests during the cold season. We paid a lot of money to the smuggler, and spent a lot during the journey as well. I had a car in Iraq and I owned a store for repairing bicycles and motorbikes; I sold everything to collect US$20,000 and I spent every cent during the journey and during our six-month stay in Germany,” he added.