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Chadian Fatima left her home country in 2003 but arrived here in 2012. Her world opened up not only culturally but politically after she arrived in Berlin, and she wants to continue using her voice in fights against injustice. more

Feb 29, 2016 12:00 PM Opinion

Mohamad has been through his share of hardships, both at home in Syria and on his long trip to safety in Germany. Now, he calls his journey here "the best experience of my life". more

Feb 16, 2016 12:30 PM Opinion

Ercan is a former political refugee who now runs the legendary Cafe Kotti. He talks about using his position to help newly arrived refugees find a place in society, putting people before bureaucracy. more

Feb 4, 2016 4:45 PM Opinion 2 Comments

Hend has known war since a very young age, but she can remember a time when Syria felt like paradise to her. Unfortunately the situation in Syria has changed. Regardless, she's happy to be here in Germany where she can continue her education. more

Jan 22, 2016 12:30 PM Opinion

Musa's mother died while he was at boarding school, and he lost contact with his father when fighting broke out in their home region of northern Mali in 2012. Now, the 22-year-old is searching for connections here in Germany. more

Jan 13, 2016 11:20 AM Opinion 2 Comments

The literature student narrowly avoided conscription to the Syrian army and bribed his way out of the country; now, Muhammad worries about his parents back home in Damascus. Unlike them, he has little hope that the situation will improve soon. more

Dec 22, 2015 4:45 PM Opinion

Time to meet someone on the other side of the LaGeSo line. Mustapha is not a refugee himself, but left Morocco for fairer economic weather. Now that he's here, he feels compelled to help Berlin's newest arrivals. more

Dec 14, 2015 1:00 PM Opinion

Starting as a rebel fighter in Chad, Jonathan has been shuffled from there to Sudan to Libya to Italy to Germany, where he has been unable to study or work for three years. He explains the emotional cost of living in limbo. more

Dec 2, 2015 12:30 PM Opinion

Meet Yussuf, whose tragic loss of his best friend prompted him and his brothers to flee Syria for Germany. After an exploitative job, being scammed and frightening walks, his journey finally brought him to Berlin, ready to start over. more

Nov 23, 2015 2:30 PM Opinion


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Once a successful entrepreneur driven to despair by war in Syria, Anas is ready for a new start in Germany. more

Nov 11, 2015 12:00 PM Opinion

Meet Abdul, a Palestinian refugee with technically no nationality. Beginning his struggle a year ago in Syria, he has made his way to Germany, joining a relieved mother and bringing his family along later. more

Nov 4, 2015 1:00 PM Opinion

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