Religion doesn’t matter, everyone is equal before God

I only went to primary school in Bangladesh. Then via India to Turkey, where I lived for five months. I speak Turkish quite well.

I’ve seen many countries. Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Turkey, five months in Istanbul, later to Greece for two weeks. The police found us by boat, they had a big boat with a powerful engine. We’ve been locked up. We had to wait. The police said I have to sign something to document where I want to go. Continue reading “Religion doesn’t matter, everyone is equal before God”

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So I had to go

My name is Mamadou Sow. I’m from Guinea. I am 45 years old. I’m a father. I have four children and I am a computer specialist by profession. I’ve been in Germany for three and a half years. I go to VHS in the language course to learn German at level A2.

I am in Germany because I had problems with politics in Guinea. Because I was in the opposition of the government. But this opposition had great problems with the government. I was a member of a motorcycle group, we mobilized people to demonstrate against the government. The government didn’t like it – but we did it again and again. The police then came, beat us or arrested us, sometimes even shot us. A lot of people died, I lost two friends. The problem was they had no protection. The police came home to people, arrested them and locked them in jail. Continue reading “So I had to go”

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Until when?

My name is Abdullah, I am 36 years old and come from Syria, Afrin. Originally I’m a Kurd. Afrin used to be a beautiful city, today its condition is very bad, very difficult. Before the war, no city could be compared to Afrin, people lived a normal life in their houses, just like in any other country.

Syria is under dictatorship, but as long as you don’t interfere in politics, you can do whatever you want. The important thing is not to interfere. We belong to the oppressed people in Syria. The Kurdish language was forbidden for us, indeed it was forbidden and we were forced to speak Arabic. They leave you alone as long as you live your life normally and follow the rules. But if you demand your rights or think of speaking your mind, they lock you up. Continue reading “Until when?”

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“I had to experience the winter and it was very cold”

My name is Bave and I am a kurd from Qamishli in Syria. My life was very good before the war. I  went to school as usual and went out with my friends. Our life was much nicer than life in Europe. The war came and destroyed our whole life. It was a shock.

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“We risked our lives to come here”

My name is Ali and I’m 17 years old. I’m from Afghanistan and I’m a refugee in Sweden. First of all, let me start by telling you why people flee from their home countries. One of the reasons may be that some people lack human rights. In Afghanistan, there was a war that lasted for several years. The war became worse during the summer, so that’s why I left my family at the age of 13. Continue reading ““We risked our lives to come here””

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The loving

My name is Mahmoud, I am 37 years old and come from Syria, Afrin.

I was born in a village near Afrin in Yakhur. At eight I left the village and moved to Aleppo. In Aleppo I worked in my uncle’s sewing shop, after two years I started in a university cafeteria, where I didn’t like it very much, so I changed my job. I started working in a very famous Syrian restaurant, they made Shawarma and other delicious dishes. I’ve been in that restaurant for eight years. Then I had to join the military, then I worked in the restaurant for another year, until I started in a car repair shop, I worked there for the next 8 years.
Later I travelled to Lebanon and worked as a car tire mechanic, after three years I went back to Syria and became self-employed. It went well, thank God. Continue reading “The loving”

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My way

I’m in a foreign country, I’m cold, I’m scared.

The way before me unclear, in me so many words, but the language is missing to translate them.

I’m in a room full of people and I don’t know what to do. Continue reading “My way”

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The truth without fear

My name is Rabia, I am 19 years old and come from Iraq from a city called Sinjar. At the moment I live with my brother and sister in Cologne Godorf, Germany. My homeland Iraq was once a beautiful country, today it is no longer as it once was. It’s war and death. Poverty is widespread everywhere in the country. The people of Iraq are very sad.

Peace has left the country, there are rules, but they do not fit the people or the nation. The situation in Iraq is not good. Continue reading “The truth without fear”

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“Hurricane”

My name is Hakam and I am from Hamaa in Syria. I left Syria in early 2012 hoping to do something in Tunisia, but unfortunately, I did not manage to find work in Tunisia because their rules are difficult and life was tough.

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