TWO Syrian refugees who arrived in Britain after a “tortuous two-month journey” celebrated A-level results yesterday as they got the grades to fulfil their dreams of becoming doctors.
Sulaiman Wihba and Elias Baldwin fled their war-torn country and were offered scholarships by Brighton College after arriving in Britain two years ago.
Mr Wibha spent two months travelling through Europe after he stowed away in a refrigerated van packed with boxes of frozen chips, while Mr Baldwin made the dangerous trip to Greece on a boat packed with 40 people.
The pair said they want to become doctors to “give something back.”
Mr Wibha, who achieved A* grades in maths, further maths, physics and chemistry to earn a place at Queen Mary University of London, said: “It’s all about payback, being a doctor, helping people.”
“I have been in the UK for two years now, I didn’t find it hard to integrate within the new society. I feel really accepted.”
The teenager hopes to return to Syria one day although said the situation there “is really impossible to cope with” and he didn’t see things improving in the short term.
Mr Badin, who achieved A* in maths and As in further maths, physics and chemistry, said: “I am very content with my results even though I expected them to be higher, now I am awaiting confirmation of my place to study medicine at Queen Mary University which is my dream.”