A Syrian child refugee has said she hopes to become a doctor to “make people feel happy” after being given the chance of a new life in the UK.
A long journey
Lilian, 10, came to live in Kent in 2018, having left her home country six years earlier amid a horrific civil war that still rages today. She was joined by parents Mahmoud and Khawla and siblings Laian, eight, Laith, five, and Wasef, four.
After a disrupted childhood in which the family spent six years in Jordan, Lilian told the PA news agency she feels settled in her new home and has high hopes for the future. She said:
I am happy I’m sharing my ideas and sharing my life, that I’ve been struggling, and now I want to tell them (viewers) I’m happy here, I love to make friends, and learn so much English. I want to be a doctor so I can help people and make them feel happy, I don’t want people to feel sick or sad… I want them to feel great.
Her message came as charity Migrant Help released a film of five Syrian families – including Lilian’s – who have resettled in the UK reflecting on life since leaving the war-torn country. It’s estimated 5,664 migrant children will be spending their first Christmas in the UK this year.
Lilian’s father Mahmoud told the PA news agency:
We left my country in 2012 and we had no dreams. When we came here it was difficult, but Migrant Help has made it easier for us, they have been supporting us.
When we came here we couldn’t speak any English, we had no friends. Now we have friends, I have a job, my children go to school, now we have a dream.
I’m not worried about my children’s futures now because they have lots of opportunities in this country.
The film, entitled I Have Dreams, hopes to be a source of comfort to children experiencing their first Christmas in the UK this year.
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