Get to know the newcomers, activists and volunteers we met in Athens, Berlin and London, as they share their personal experiences of refuge, welcome and the digital city.
I’ve been here for nearly three years. Three years and two days if you want me to be super precise. That’s the anniversary of my arrival in Germany and to Refugio.
When my brother and I arrived in Germany, we were told that in some cities you can get residency very quickly while others were more complicated. So we headed to one of these towns somewhere in the east. Not a single person smiled at our arrival in that town, everyone frowned in our face. So we felt something though we didn’t yet understand what it was.
At the registration centre my brother called his friend who was living in Berlin at Sharehaus Refugio. He told us, ‘Leave there immediately and come to Berlin! Yes there are a lot of refugees and your papers will take time, but Berlin is miles and miles better than other places.’ We were only in that town for four hours and didn’t end up submitting our papers there. We got on a train and came to Berlin. I have been living at Refugio since I arrived and it’s such an important place. I can’t even imagine what my life would be like if I hadn’t come here. If we had stayed in that town in East Germany where we first arrived...
* Abohanna is a pseudonym.