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.
We had very different journeys here, very different. I got a student visa and came here by plane, Anas took three months to walk here from Amman. So our arrivals here did not register for us in the same way, you can’t compare. We are distant relatives but actually we met here and now we’re flatmates. We are so busy we barely see each other in the flat! We only really hang out here when we are studying for university exams… or to do the laundry. — Muhamad
But we’re part of a group that has started an Arabic printed newspaper, Eed be Eed [Hand in Hand]. It was started by an old neighbour from Aleppo, actually. We decided to have a printed newspaper, something tangible you can hold, that allows you that connection with language when most of your life is in German. We wanted to see it next to the papers in German. There are so many writers and journalists who were heavily censored in Syria and here they are able to express their own opinions. To post a headline like ‘Aleppo is Burning’ may not seem like much, but for us, to state things as we see them so publicly is so important. You know, at the beginning of the revolution in Syria, we used to print leaflets on our private printers to distribute on the streets. If any of us were caught we were gone, that’s it. And now, we print an actual newspaper, at a professional printer – in colour! — Anas