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magazine 806073 1920This story is part of a brochure in the making by Noor Badshah Yousafzai who himself came to Germany as a refugee. He is a journalist and contributed articles to media outlets such as e.g. the BBC Pashtu and is also an editor for The Pashtun Express. As soon as the brochure is printed, we'll publish it here on our blog. Until then, we want to share the stories with you individually, one by one. The brochure is funded by "Partnerschaften für Demokratie Treptow-Köpenick" through the programme Demokratie Leben!

Noor Twitter Handle @NBYousafzai

Translation English to German: Dr. Jamila Baluch (Lektorat und Übersetzung)

Photo: private

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German version of the article see below.

 

Omar was eight years old when he started asking prohibited questions. He didn’t shy away from religious questions: “I would ask astonishing questions as per people minds but for me they were merely scientific. How did this universe come into being? Who created it? Unluckily, in my society these questions were considered blasphemous”, Omar states.

As time went on and Omar began reading many books the number of questions he would pose increased. “Even my closest friends left me and no one was willing to play with me because of my critical thinking about culture, religion and social issues. I started to self-doubt myself. Why was I asking such questions? After years I got the answer. It was my creativity. I wish to reach logical end to most of the things happing around me. I am a habitual reader and because of my excessive study, I made mother angry many times.”

magazine 806073 1920This story is part of a brochure in the making by Noor Badshah Yousafzai who himself came to Germany as a refugee. He is a journalist and contributed articles to media outlets such as e.g. the BBC Pashtu and is also an editor for The Pashtun Express. As soon as the brochure is printed, we'll publish it here on our blog. Until then, we want to share the stories with you individually, one by one. The brochure is funded by "Partnerschaften für Demokratie Treptow-Köpenick" through the programme Demokratie Leben!

Noor Twitter Handle @NBYousafzai

Translation English to German: Dr. Jamila Baluch (Lektorat und Übersetzung)

Photo: private

 

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German version of the article see below.

 

It was a cold Friday, I am heading towards a refugee camp in Berlin. A social worker welcomes me and guides me through the alleys of the camp. After a short journey, she knocks on a door and a smiley face opens. On the door step my friend introduces me to a woman and then goes back to her activities.

As I enter the apartment, I find the room in best shape and most of the things are accommodated very well. The apartment is a reflection on the ecstatic sense of the woman who now offers me a chair. A cute baby is playing with some toys. After a few minutes, Nermeen stands in front of me. Besides her homelessness, Nermeen’s (29) face is bright and smiley and she is in full confidence. I am sure the long journey of wretchedness made her beautiful and brave both on the in- and outside.

Nermeen was a Palestinian born in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and had lived in Syria for years without ever being to her parents’ home country due to it’s uncertain state. Her father had been doing business in Dubai but lost it and so they shifted back to Syria. Life was hard in Syria because Arabic wasn’t Nermeen’s mother tongue and in the UAE she underwent an English education. “Home affairs were not favourable for further studies”, Nermeen begins her tale.  At the age of 16 she started a marketing job in Damascus. “I would keep two bags on my back to sell local and other companies’ products to support my family”, she describes.  

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