The situation in Syria was horrible. The regime has been in power for 30 years and I remember my dad always being afraid because you can’t say anything against the tyranny of the regime.
I was born in Damascus and my childhood was simple but happy. There are 10 of us and my dad was always sick, so my mom was forced to work, look after us and care about our education. She tried her best and I think she did very well. To help my family, I was forced to leave school and start working. I worked with everything from clothes and metal to electric components.
My family are all against the regime, but my brothers were always careful with what they said when speaking about the regime. I was the opposite and I always said exactly what I felt. I protested with my friends about freedom, about wanting Russia and Iran out of Syria and for our rights. I was outspoken so I was wanted by the regime.