Keeping ones head above water

Posted on: 2019/2/06 03:39

A migrants journey to provide

Ibrahim, a simple man from Damietta had only wanted to improve the standard of living and situation of his family. So after hearing from people in his community that he could travel to Greece and make a living there hundreds of times better than anything he could imagine here and be able to fully support his family pay, for the education of his children and make a better life for himself than he could have with simple inconsistent agricultural labor. Taking the initiative, he reached out to those who spoke of this chance at a better life and arranged for the travel expenses. Scraping, borrowing, and selling to gather the needed funds he finally had enough to travel to Greece. Taking a ship and spending 3 harrowing days at the mercy of the waves of an indifferent sea. Upon arrival he had found that it was not at all as he had imagined or promised. Finding work was near impossible and finding work that could support him and allow him to send money to his family was a fantasy. Living off the kindness of strangers he decided that he would be able to better take care of his family so he approached IOM to help him returning home. Once he had returned he decided that he wanted to start his own business, and after some thought and counseling he found that opening a fodder shop will provide a modest form of income and still be in a field where he had experience. A year on it is successful and he is able to keep up with most payments and with all his children in school and finally feeling that he is able to keep his head above water.

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