Hassan was in Kirkuk when a bomb exploded in a nearby building. He was with some of his colleagues. They entered to see if they can help. A machinegun opened fire on them. His colleagues died. He now has 18 years and considers Romania his home.
One brother escaped to Turkey, and two others to Lebanon, Mahmoud being the only one to reach Europe. He arrived in a camp in Greece, where he filled in some documents in order to continue his studies. Back home, he used to study English.
He left Afghanistan three months ago, threatened with death after he took his brother to a French military hospital. The family sold their house to pay the smugglers to bring him and his two brothers in France. They arrived, however, in Romania.
De la Odesa, până la punctul de trecere a frontierei Palanca-Maiaki-Udobnoe, sunt aproximativ 40 de kilometru, iar taximetriștii percep o taxă de 2000 de hrivne (60 euro) pentru o călătorie până la frontiera cu Moldova.