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From refugee to journalist - Rania Mustafa Ali, Escape from Syria

Rania Mustafa Ali, 20, filmed her journey from the ruins of Kobane in Syria to Austria

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Season 1, episode 17
14 min / Published

Back in her home town of Raqqa Syria, Rania dreamt of becoming a Doctor, but when Isis arrives she is forced to flee her home town, leaving her family and world behind. At 20 years old she decides to film her journey from Syria to Austria. She is cheated by smugglers, teargassed and beaten at the Macedonian border. She risks drowning in the Mediterranean, travelling in a boat meant to hold 15 people but stuffed with over 50.

Her film has been seen over 8 million times on the Guardian. Rania tells us how she is amazed at the power the film is having on peoples opinions around the current refugees crisis and confirms that she not longer wants to be a doctor but rather a journalist. 

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