Photo Credit: UNHCR organization/Facebook
One of the latest Syrian refugees to escape Syria and arrive on the Greek island of Lesbos brought along a friend he couldn’t bear to leave behind. The 17-year-old Syrian refugee, Aslan, carried his puppy inside a small red crate for 300 miles after leaving his war-torn country, along with a rucksack. His beloved dog Rose traveled the entire journey with her owner.
“I love this dog, I need her,” he told the U.N. Refugee Agency. He even has a passport for his companion, which he proudly shows to anyone who asks.
Aslan explained, “They said ‘you can’t take your dog,’ I have food and I have water, I have everything.” When asked by aid workers why Rose was not left behind in his homeland, he simply stated, “I love my dog.” It turns out that the 17-year-old isn’t the only one. Many other refugees refuse to leave their furry friends, so you will find them carrying their pets as they attempt a risky journey to safety.
Given the multitude of dark and tragic events that have come out of the Syrian refugee crisis, it’s nice to see even a glimmer of hope with more positive stories like this one.
Watch this YouTube video to find out more about Aslan and Rose: