Iraqi family together again in Bulgaria

UNHCR/D. Kashavelov

UNHCR/D. Kashavelov

For Mohamed Hussein Ali, Bulgaria became his safe haven when he was compelled to flee Iraq in 2010. A year after his arrival, he welcomed his wife and children to Sofia and the family started anew their lives together.

Back in 2010, after sectarian groups began targeting him for working for an international organization in the Fallujah area, Ali realized his home was no longer safe. “I thought that the best country to escape to was Bulgaria because if I went somewhere else I might not be able to see my kids,” says Ali from his three-bedroom flat overlooking the Bulgarian capital, Sofia, and surrounded by his family who received the same humanitarian status upon their arrival in 2012.

1 family torn apart by war is too many

Learn more about our work with refugees at