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Iranian Refugee in Greece Dreams of a New Start after Excelling in Exams

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The young Iranian refugee excelled in the exams. Credit: Video screenshot/AeolosTv

An Iranian refugee in Lesvos, Greece excelled in his high school exams and hopes to secure a place at the Department of Electrical Engineering of Thessaloniki, his top choice.

Kouros Durmohamadi Bagi, or Kyros after the king of Persia, as Greek friends call him, arrived in Greece in 2019, as a refugee and first settled in the Moria refugee camp.

Coming second in his school, Kouros had an average of 18.25 in the exams, writing a score of 20 (the highest score given in Greek high school) in mathematics, 20 in physics, 19.5 in chemistry, and 13.5 in creative writing.

“I did not expect to write so well. I was anxious, especially with creative writing. There were words that I did not know, but I understood their meaning from the rest of the exam paper,” he told Kathimerini.

He described the day when he learned his exam grades as the most beautiful day of his life in Greece. “Or rather, the second most beautiful. The first one was last January when we were given the asylum papers.”

Iranian refugee arrived with family at the camp of Moria, Lesvos

Eighteen-year old Kouros has been giving interviews to local media—always with a smile. His Greek is excellent despite the fact that he has only been in the country for three years.

Kouros came to Greece with his family in August 2019. “We got on a boat from Turkey,” he said. “Fortunately, the weather was good and we were not in danger.”

His parents decided to leave Iran for political reasons, but it is something they do not want to talk about at home, as they are things they want to leave behind, he says.

Speaking to Aeolos TV, wearing a T-shirt with the diagram of the Pythagorean theorem, he said that, initially, they were led to the infamous reception center of Moria where the living conditions were difficult.

“Whatever Moria was, at least I knew I was in Lesvos…I was in Europe,” Kouros said.

“I’ve been through unimaginable things. You have no idea, but my life in Lesvos is good […,and] I have friends, I have school, I have good classmates and teachers. It’s good,” Kouros added.

The Iranian student thanked his school teachers who he said supported him, as well as his teachers at the afterschool he attended, the Protypo Frondistirio of Mytilene.

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