Hasan: a Victim of a Passport!

Hasan: a Victim of a Passport!
Investigations | 05 Jan 2014

Jad al-Sheikh - Deir Ezzor Hasan is one of hundreds of thousands of Syrians caught in the war and forced to make difficult choices because they do not hold a passport. Getting a passport in Syria requires a myriad of security checks and official authorizations, and therefore the Syrian regime used them as means to blackmail their own citizens at home and abroad. Hasan, a young man from Deir Ezzor, was unable to obtain a passport for fear of getting arrested when the authorities run a security check on him. He wanted to escape the worsening living conditions in his war-torn country and travel abroad to look for a job. Hasan then decided to cross the Turkish borders illegally, with no or little care about his own safety. Upon arriving to the Turkish -Syrian borders, he met with a smuggler who agreed to help him. He went on accompanied by a smuggler on a dirt road far from the watchful eyes of Turkish border guards. But few meters away from the Turkish lands, Hasan's journey and life were changed for ever; a mine exploded under his feet. He succeeded in crossing the legal borders, but in an ambulance. Hasan was transferred to Gaziantep surgical hospital where doctors decided to amputate his leg, but he refused and decided to return home to be treated there. Back in Syria he was hospitalized to Mohassan field hospital where they amputated a big part of his leg. Hasan who started his journey as a healthy and ambitious young man full of hope and dreams, now needs help to stand and walk. But this is not the end of his story; doctors gave him some hope with a possibility of rebuilding the tissues in his leg and restoring a good percentage of its mobility.


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