New to the Parish: ‘We left Syria because I wanted to save my family’

Marwan and Rodina moved their family to Ireland when bombs began falling near their office. Despite securing refugee status here, problems remain

Marwan, who recently moved to Ireland with his wife and three daughters, shares his experiences of the violence in Syria that forced his family to flee.

Marwan and family: arrived from Syria in April

Growing up on the outskirts of Damascus, Ghazal* rarely paid attention to the different religions around her. As a Christian, her family celebrated Christmas and Easter and invited their close Muslim friends to join them in their home on religious feast days. In return, their Muslim friends would invite the family to celebrate Eid and Ramadam. Before the civil war broke out in 2011, it didn’t matter what you believed, says the 18-year-old.

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