In-depth personal storytelling through documentary film and audio
Episode 1: HESHAM'S DIARY (Duisburg, Germany)
As far as the media is concerned Hesham has ‘made it’ as an asylum seeker in Europe. After a gruelling journey to Europe (involving swimming the stretch from Turkey to Greece) he reached Germany in 2015 and from there his asylum claim was a quick process and he now lives in a one bedroom flat in Duisburg. However, through his audio diaries we learn of the day-to-day monotony of life alone in an alien and at times hostile city. We hear of how he misses each of his 7 family members - one of whom is dead and another missing, while the other five are spread across five different countries. Unable to visit any of them he says he now lives in a ‘virtual world’ - the internet offering his only real interactions with other human beings, and also his only source of information in a culture so at odds with his own.
Diarist: Hesham Moadamani Producer: Jodie Taylor
Episode 2: EIAD'S DIARY (London, UK)
Eiad is a 31 year old dentist from Damascus. He reached the UK by smuggling himself onto the back of a lorry in late 2014, and since then he has been trying to find his place in the country's capital city. Through his diaries we hear how his approach is to this new life is to ensure that he is always extremely busy - filling days with meetings, volunteer work, studies and speaking engagements - but finding a place to really call home is far from simple.
Diarist: Eiad Zinah Producer: Olivia Humphreys
Episode 3: THE TERKAWI'S DIARY (Oxelosund, Sweden)
Dr Ahmad Terkawi and his young family reached Greece by boat in 2015, and from there they relocated to Sweden. Squeezed together in a single room in a refugee hostel in Oxelsund, Ahmad tries to create a sense of normality for his small sons, all the while establishing the Maritime Organisation for Following Up and Rescue which uses mobile phones to help direct refugees in the perilous sea crossing from Turkey to Greece.
Through Ahmad's diaries we hear of the endless paperwork that the family faces in settling, of their being relocated to a far away town without any prior notice, and of the highs and unpredictable lows of starting a new school in a new land.
Diarist: Ahmad Terkawi Producer: Andrea Rangecroft