Sediq is from Afghanistan. He fled to Denmark in 2010 with his elderly mother while his wife and five children remained in Kabul. He chose to seek asylum in Denmark because his older sister has lived here for 15 years and told him positive things about Denmark and Danish people.
He spent over two years in various asylum centres with his mother while his asylum application was processed. His wife and children came later and he did not see his family for over three years.
He is educated and had a good career and comfortable life in Afghanistan before the military conflict in Afghanistan and personal circumstances forced him to flee. In Kabul he and his family lived through regular bombings and the constant threat of Taliban kidnappings for ransom and other sinister motives. He cannot return.
Sediq now lives with his family in a small apartment and is on the waiting list for larger accommodation now that he has six children.
He has completed his Danish language course. He hopes his qualifications from Afghanistan will be recognised and accepted so he can pursue higher education here. He would like to do a civil engineering degree. Should his qualifications not be recognised he will need to find work.
In the meantime Sediq is focused on his children’s education. He is most proud that his two oldest daughters are excelling at school after just two years here.