“I fled Iraq because of the war. We no longer felt safe, life there is difficult and there are no job opportunities. Because of these difficult circumstances, we came to Bosnia”, says 42-year-old Cameron.
“The most important thing in this life is safety. Unfortunately, there is no safety in our country, Iraq. We have come here to live in peace with people who love life and safety, which is the most important thing.
“In Iraq there are killings, kidnappings, and arrests, and we are threatened by gangs. We are threatened with death if we do not work with them, or we have to pay them large sums of money.
“Before the war, life in Iraq was beautiful and simple, and we used to work and live in safety, but now things have changed and become very bad. We are followed when we go to work, houses are broken into and we simply do not feel safe.
“I live now in a camp in Bosnia. The people here are good and we have everything we need and feel safe, thank God.
“The journey to safety was very difficult and we faced major obstacles on the way. For example, I spent 2 years in Greece waiting for the asylum application only for my application to be rejected. This forced me to leave and continue, eventually reaching Bosnia.
“I’m happy here. This country is beautiful, there are good people who help refugees like myself.
“I now live in an Islamic Relief camp in Bosnia. The people here are good and we have everything we need. We also receive training courses in the camp around Covid-19 and how to prevent it”, says Cameron.