Man selling typical Syrian food on the streets Downtown Rio.
Omran arrived in Brazil a bit longer than 1 year ago, without much support from the authorities or any organization he managed to learn some good Portuguese already and gets his small business going.
Here he sells his last box of typical Syrian sfihas for the day. It is about 7pm and he is done – He can now go home after having made quite a few cariocas happy with the delicious food he is selling.
From Damascus, in Siria straight to Downtown Rio. A journey of a lifetime together with a part of his family – getting away from a country in civil war that has displaced millions of people from their lives.
Brazil may not be as prepared as Germany to receive new immigrants, but reality is: Brazil has no agreements to difficult immigration of those seeking to restart their lives. Population in Rio is mostly welcoming and helpful to others.
Life is hard in Rio, sometimes it may feel more like surviving than actually living but history shows us that the ‘Brazilian dream’ is possible if you give your best and is prepared to tackle adversities on your way.
Keep it up Omran. And (belated) welcome to Rio!
Photo taken on 26/Aug/2016