My sorrow

I come from Egypt and I am 60 years old. I wanted to work in Germany and my children should study here. I have become very ill in Germany, unfortunately I cannot learn the language at the moment. Language is important for living, working and getting to know people. I have great problems communicating with the doctors, so my illness is getting worse and worse. I can hardly communicate. Language is really very important.

I wish my children a good life here. I want them to finish school successfully and learn something. I gave everything so my children could live here. Education is important, it opens doors to other worlds. What they learn in school, they will not be able to use outside. I want them to learn for life.

We have no contacts to help us. My illness doesn’t allow me to go out much, I don’t learn much. It’s not easy for us. Life here is a very fast life, everyone has his work, school studies, even if he does not, he has the right to rest. So people have enough to do with their lives.

We got tired of what happened to us.

Egypt is a beautiful country, if the laws were better, I think it would be one of the best countries in the world. It is very difficult and I am sad that some people have it easier than we do, because we are here to live. If I was younger, I would have worked here a lot. I was too late. It is my wish that my sons receive a good education and learn a lot here. That’s what I want for my children.

Storyteller’s name: Anonymous
Interviewer’s name: Sarah El Desoke
Country of origin: Egypt
Sex: m
Age: 59

Dublin Core: Language: de Subject: refugees, asylum, Egypt, germany, a million stories