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Meet The 9-Year-Old Boy Who Found Sanctuary From The Horrors Of Syria In Snowy Sweden

"I
 just want to live a new life, far from violence, killing, and war.”

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Mahmoud became the victim of bullies and was physically attacked. Afraid and unable to attend school, the young boy refused to leave his family’s apartment.

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"I wanted to leave because there is no school here and I don't have friends," Mahmoud said in 2013.

"They hit me all the time."

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No one sends their son out into the world alone unless they live in real fear.Our lives are too difficult here.

However, the boat Mahmoud took was fired upon before it even left Egyptian waters.

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The young boy then spent the next five days in a detention centre without his family.

When he returned to Cairo the bullying resumed but he remained resolute.

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What happened next turned his and his family’s life around.

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The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) presented Mahmoud’s case to the Swedish government after it began accepting Syrain refugees and in December 2013, Mahmoud and his family were informed they were being relocated.

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Initially shy, Mahmoud soon settled in and can now introduce himself in simple Swedish.

"I was so happy when I saw the school. And I was happy I made some new friends," the nine-year-old said.

"Now I 
just want to live a new life, far from violence, killing and war.”

Watch these videos for more on Mahmoud's remarkable story:

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