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A Syrian in Paris: Jaafar's Story

Thursday, June 18, 2015 - 06:05

Jaafar, the 25 year-old son of a Syrian political exile, went to help with the war in Syria until he was left stateless

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Jaafar Karkor, the 25 year-old son of a Syrian political exile, grew up hearing stories about Syria from his parents. They were living in Morocco but the family always thought of Syria as home. When violence broke out in Syria in 2011, Jaafar wanted to help those opposing the government. He stopped his college studies in mathematics and moved to Turkey with his mother and sisters. He went into Syria twice to work as a translator and provide humanitarian assistance, before his passport expired and he was left stateless. He set out across Europe alone to seek asylum in France. Now Jaafar is waiting to receive confirmation of his asylum status so he can resume his studies. He spends most of his time following the conflict in Syria on social media and trying to stay involved from afar. We spent a day filming with Jaafar in June 2015 for our series on Syrian refugees in Europe. More than 11 million people have been forced to flee their homes since the conflict in Syria began. Fewer than 150,000 have been granted asylum in Europe.

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A Syrian in Paris: Jaafar's Story

Thursday, June 18, 2015 - 06:05