Family pulled apart by war in Syria
It’s every father’s dream to watch his child grow up and go to school but for one family that will have to be put on hold for now.
Hassan Ibrahim, a 37year-old Syrian supervisor at a Dubai construction firm, feels as if it is “impossible” for him to see his 11-year-old son Ibrahim Hassan Hamad again after shipping him off to Germany on a refugee boat to escape the civil war in Syria.
The UN special envoy for Syria has estimated a death toll of 400,000 civilians since the war start- By Sarwat Nasir ed five years ago, however, it has been widely reported that the UN is no longer keeping track of casualties due to inaccessibility in some areas.
Last September, Hamad boarded a refugee boat from his hometown of Manjeb in Northern Syria to Turkey and onto Germany, where he lives now and is receiving an education funded by the German government.
Ibrahim said his family is “trapped” in Manjeb because of the escalating violence in the area by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).
He said: “ISIS took over all of my houses, so my family is living in a rental home.
“We have to just wait until there is some peace in that area so my family can get out or we can get our homes back.
“My friend died four days ago in a bombing. Another girl from our area also died.”
Ibrahim spoke about the emotional wrench that parting with his son has created.