Yazan is a 24-year-old Syrian from Damascus. He grew up in a nice home, next to his parents and his brother Sami. Before the war, Yazan went to school, saw his friends, and lived the life of any average middle-class young man in a big city. He loved his country and his city, and he was enthusiastic about the first stage of the Syrian uprising, which was largely secular; he considers himself a Muslim, but he rejects fundamentalism and the conservative currents that eventually took over the majority of the rebel factions fighting the Assad regime.
When the war reached his hometown, Yazan was drafted by the Syrian army and sent to Aleppo, where the conflict was intensifying. Soon after he deserted, and had to escape to Turkey to avoid problems with the authorities. It was 2013, and Turkey was not the best place for a Syrian refugee: going back to school was not an option, and finding work was very hard.
Eventually, in 2015, Yazan decided to join the massive Syrian exodus to Europe. His first stop was Greece.