The K. Family


As Interviewed by Nour Zoweil, March 10, 2019

The K. Family: In Their Own Words

There was no safety, the schools could not stop the Army form getting inside the schools, shooting people, taking people to jail... That was a bad experience, too. Because they could go inside the schools without permission from anyone. And no one one can stop then.

In 7th grade, I was 13 or 14 years old -- there were two boys who were protesting, the day before, and the Army came into the school, and they arrested them. So they were arrested that day. When the teachers tried to stop then from arresting the two boys, they started to shoot, inside the school, in the building, we all had to go inside the classrooms and just lay down. We couldn't even stand, because we were afraid of the shots... that was one experience, --they took the boys and they arrested then that day, and then since that day we did not have school.

They just told us that we have an hour to leave the whole city. They’re going to stop the shooting for one hour and then we have to leave from one side and the other side we can not go into -- so people from the other side would move to the other side of the city, and old people start going into cars and buses and stuff. And then we have to leave and move to another city.

In this new city they faced discrimination and many conflicts.

We...not go outside we would just stay at home because they were a different religion and we were with hijab, so everything was hard, so we had to stay at home all day.

They came up to her and they were like, "You have to take your hijab off or you go back home and you do not go outside anymore." And then we never went out again with her and my mom.

Someone called my dad and than he told us that we were chosen to go to the U.S if we wanted to, and then my dad just said yes without even listening to anything -- he just said yes, and then after a few days they told us we have to go to appointment with people talking to us, asking us questions, getting our information, details, files, anything that we have, we have to go there and give it to them. And then we just came to the U.S.

Believe it or not,the transition from Syria to another city, Jordan, was difficult.

We left Syria and we went to Jordan -- we left at night so no one could see us, and we left from like the streets

We have to be on our arms and knees so we have to escape to the other side of the street, and then there was a mountain that we have to go up

So we had to escape without the Army notice about us. If they found out we were escaping, they would arrest us.

Right now I’m really proud to be here and also I'm so happy because I just go out however am I -- because I can talk to people, people could talk to me, and we can communicate, so it's not a big deal for me to discover new places.