‘I’d be proud to call my daughter Scottish and Syrian’

Syrian refugee Daoud, whose wife gave birth to a daughter two months ago, said he would be proud to be able to call his daughter both Scottish and Syrian.
Syrian refugee Daoud, whose wife gave birth to a daughter two months ago, said he would be proud to be able to call his daughter both Scottish and Syrian.

A Syrian refugee living on Bute who welcomed his baby daughter to the world two months ago has said he will never forget the support the island community has given him and his family.

Twenty-seven-year-old Daoud, who is from Daraa in Syria, arrived on Bute seven months ago. He had been detained in the Syrian city and imprisoned for a year before being released and fleeing to Lebanon.

Daoud, who worked as an electrician back in his home country, was reluctant to talk about who detained him and what happened during that time, but told The Buteman about his experience arriving in Scotland

“I felt we’d come to our new homeland to live our lives without war and without problems,” he said. “People were very, very nice to us, and our neighbours - there’s no one nicer than them. They gave us the warmest of welcomes and we didn’t feel like we were strangers at all.

“From seven months ago up to today, people have continued visiting me, we go to their house and they come to ours.”

Daoud’s wife gave birth to a baby girl two months ago, giving the couple’s three-year-old son a little sister. Daoud said: “When my daughter was born here I felt there was so much care for me and help, too.

“I thank them [the island community] for everything that they’ve done and I will not forget it.

“I will never forget.”

Asked whether he felt his daughter would grow up feeling Scottish as well as Syrian, he replied with a smile: “Certainly. I would be proud for her to be Scottish and Syrian at the same time.”