Fam­ily pulled apart by war in Syria

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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.

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