• Erij is recording her experience as a Syrian refugee in an autobiography (UNICEF)Source: UNICEF
This teenage girl is penning an autobiography titled "Once Upon a Time" even though her story is yet to have a happy ending.
Bianca Soldani

31 May 2016 - 2:30 PM  UPDATED 31 May 2016 - 2:27 PM

Erij is 16-years-old and has been living in Turkey since she fled her home in Latakia, Syria, four years ago.

She is one of 4.6 million people who have abandoned their lives in Syria to seek shelter in neighbouring Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq and Egypt, and she hopes to share her family's journey in an autobiography titled Once Upon a Time.

But despite using a reference to traditional fairytales, Erij says her story is yet to find its happy ending.

In a video produced by UNICEF inside of the Cevdediye camp, Erij explains that she wants to show exactly what the youngest victims of the refugee crisis are going through. She recalls leaving everything she knew behind and says, “When I saw the mountains in flames on our way here, I felt my dreams were burning too.”

She adds, “My message to the adults is that they should think of us before they act. They created this war and it is us who suffer the most”.