My name is Waqas Hussain and I am 26 years old. I come from Butranwali, a small town in the province of Punjab in Pakistan. As a teenager, I lived with my mother and four sisters. I went to school and helped my family with farming. My older brother went to Greece to work and send money home. Because we never had enough to live on despite everything, I went to work in Turkey in 2013. I scraped by with different jobs for a year, including at a fish market, then I followed my brother to Greece. Because I wanted a real perspective, I travelled on to Germany in 2015.
There I found work in a restaurant and as a newspaper delivery boy. Then my mother fell ill in Pakistan – so in 2019 I decided to go back home. Fortunately, friends recommended that I seek support for my return and reintegration. I then visited a return counselling centre in Germany, where they put me in touch with the Pakistani-German Facilitation and Reintegration Centre (PGFRC) in Lahore.