From Aleppo to Melilla: Raed's Story
Meet Raed. Raed had been a mathematics student in Aleppo, Syria until the conflict made studying at the university impossible. He fled to Turkey, with hopes of continuing on to Europe and completing his education. We met Raed in the Spanish enclave Melilla, on the northern coast of Africa, where he is waiting in an overcrowded transit camp. After two years of living in Turkey he can now see Europe, just across the Mediterranean Sea. He is waiting for his paperwork, then he will be put on a ferry and sent to Spain to start his new life. Ten million people have been forced to flee their homes since the conflict in Syria began. Fewer than 150,000 Syrians have been granted asylum in Europe.