An influential story: A Syrian refugee in Lebanon sold his "kidney" seeking for asylum with his family in Europe

Eldorar Alshamia Editor | 2 May, 2017
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ElDorar AlShamia:

In a small plastic tent divided into two rooms, a kitchen, with dried food and some utensils, cooking gas and another room used for both sitting and sleeping, the Syrian refugee Walid tells the story of his suffering since fleeing Syria to Lebanon.

"We thought we would stay here for two or three months, but three years have passed in such a miserable situation we live" Walid says, sitting on a bedroom.

No identity

Walid explains that "the big problem is the impossibility of leaving the place because we do not have identification papers, and the Lebanese government imposes visa fees on us that we can not earn at all because many of refugees who do not have identification papers can not work.

Walid is unable to leave the camp to work, fearing that he would be arrested again. He was arrested on his way to look for a job as he was passing with his family a military checkpoint. He was then imprisoned for one month and paid money for a lawyer who could not got him released.

Walid's father works in a vegetable market in Tripoli, but what he earns is not enough to secure the family's livelihood. Most families have to send wives and children to work outside. The father can not leave for fear of arrest, according to Lebanon 24 news site.

No Kidney

In order to ensure a better life for his children, Walid dreams of fleeing to Europe, and for that he sold one of his kidneys for the money he would pay the smugglers they would carry him with his wife and three daughters on a boat to Turkey and then to Greece.

"My daughters have no chance to go to school, they can not even write their own names," he says, as the rainy season is over, because the sea is raging and his eight-month-old daughter Ghada’s size is smaller than a life jacket , she has a little body. "He said.

Winter is a heavy burden on the displaced people. Rainy water is flooding the camp, with no heating in tents that can not withstand storms, wind speeds and rain. As the winter is cold and difficult for the camp residents, the summer is very harsh and hot.