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Living in frustration for the ninth year

They risk their lives to get away from a devastated Gaza. For many young people, migration to the EU is the last straw.

In a semi-dark room with the smell of Arabic coffee where a thin beam of sunlight sneaks in through a broken window, 29 year-old Ayman al-Ghool sits on a chair. He still remembers the desperate cries of those who were with him in the cracked fiberglass boat on his way to Italy, and who at that time were some tens of miles off the Egyptian city of Alexandria.

In a purple documentary full of papers, Ayman often checks the Turkish visa he recently received in his passport, in preparation for getting his name on the list of travelers via the border post in Rafah, between Gaza and Egypt, after he failed in his previous attempt to get to Malmö and have his dreams come true, he tells Ny Tid's correspondent.

Coffee stains and scattered cigarette butts fill the tabletop on the desk by Ayman's window, along with a dusty laptop he uses to keep track of the not-very-updated website with the list of people to travel. A Gaza officer has promised to get his name among the first 500 to reach the Egyptian side of the border, just 50 meters away from the Palestinian side. Ayman has paid 600 dollars for this, in the hope of moving on to Alexandria and from there to Ankara, to finally reach the southern part of Malmö.

Escape attempt. Ayman graduated with a master's degree in engineering five years ago. Together with 90 other Palestinians in Gaza, he is waiting to travel as soon as the border crossing at Rafah. . .

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