It was a perfect life for me before the war. Then the bombing started. My school was bombed. Some of my friends died. That was the last time I had any schooling. I was 12 years old.
When I started the Starbucks course I was scared a bit because I have not studied anything since I was 12. But the trainers made it simple, asked simple questions so I could make a simple answer.
And I got the job.
My first days were hard but I have been there five months and now I help train new staff and I am studying coffee art. I can create a flower and a heart. I am training to do a swan. I love doing it.
I have so much making up to do for all the time I have wasted. I want to live. I lost years of my life. I am making it up now.
Watch the short film to discover more of Sam’s incredible journey.