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‘I’m not illegal, I’m a human being’ | Amnesty’s global human rights blog

Ahmed outside the European Union

Ahmed outside the European Union

Ahmed, born in Somalia, has settled in Sweden. He is speaking to the European Parliament today about his dramatic experiences on the way to his new home. He told Amnesty International how he came to be there and what his hopes are for the future.

I left Somalia in 1992 aged nine with my mother and my brothers and sisters, because of the civil war. My family are still refugees in Yemen. Life in a poor country like Yemen is very very difficult, and it is getting worse.

I eventually decided to leave Yemen in 2011, taking a well-known route, through Syria, Turkey, Greece… to end up somewhere in western Europe. I had no other choice – stay in Yemen, without a job, or leave the country for a better life, and support the family. And I didn’t regret it. It was the right decision for me.

I didn’t think about consequences or suffering

For more on this story, visit: “I’m not illegal, I’m a human being” | Amnesty’s global human rights blog.

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