Sleman was an ambitious young man, full of plans for his future. Then the conflict in Syria forced him to flee his country – and rebuild his life here.
Not too long ago, Sleman was finishing his studies as an engineer in food sciences at the University of Aleppo.
He was thinking about his career and potential next steps – like any young person in the first flush of adulthood.
But then war broke out in Syria and everything changed.
No life in Syria
Now a refugee in the UK, Sleman calls himself one of the ‘lucky’ ones.
“I’m lucky that I can contact my father and mother once or twice a month,” he says.
“Where they live, there is no internet, no electricity, no phones. But I’m lucky because they are near the Turkish border, so I can sometimes call them there.
“Every time I ring them, my father says he just wants to die. There is no life in Syria, anymore.” More