My name is Dr. Massoud Khader, I come from Afghanistan, I was born in 1985. My home country is Afghanistan in Central Asia, the capital is Kabul. My country was often attacked, it would take too long to explain the situation in Afghanistan. I lived in Kabul, in the capital, a large city, there are more than 5 million people.
The problems in Afghanistan, in my opinion, have arisen from the interference of other countries. Before I came to Germany, there were many problems in our city. It’s very complicated. My country is rich in natural resources. Gold, petrol. We have many resources in Afghanistan. There is no system in Afghanistan, the school system is very complicated. There’s no work after college. The people who live there are very young. There is no strong government in our country to build our country and bring peace to our country.
I was a teacher at the university. The danger of working there was very high and there was always the danger of being attacked by bombs. For the first time in my life I am a refugee, for the first time I am leaving my country. When I arrived, I realized that the German language is very difficult. I could only say hello, nothing more. Today I am attending a course to learn German, I want to be able to talk to people and get to know them.
Life here is beautiful, there is freedom, democracy and laws. As long as you obey the law, nothing happens to you like in any other country. I’ve lived here for two and a half years. I don’t speak German well yet and I have already forgotten my English a little. It’s weird. When I receive my language certificate, I can work as a doctor. I can’t do much without language. My big dream is to pass the language exam and work in Germany.
I want to help people. For me all people are equal, all have the right to live in dignity in this short time in which they live. I wish to give something good to society. I’ll do my best. Of course, it will take time to achieve my goals. My situation is comparable to someone who would like to swim in the pool but is not yet able to. To go into the pool, I first have to learn to swim and so it is for me with the language. I want to understand, learn, find a good job.
Everyone needs a vision, something he wants to do in the future. I want to tell the people who have come that they need goals, goals they can strive for. We need priorities, we need to work hard to make a valuable contribution to society. Use your energy to reach your goal. When you arrive, you will become a good person in German society and when you return to your homeland, you will be equally valuable to the people there. Use your time purposefully.
Storyteller’s name: Dr. Said Massoud Khader
Interviewer’s name: Sarah El Desoke
Country of origin: Afghanistan