Germany. Refugees hoping to register their presence in Berlin.

Germany, Berlin, October 05, 2015, Another long day and arduous is ending at “LaGeSo” offices in Berlin, with the majority due back the following morning to wait in line again. One family screams with delight as their number shows up on a screen, which means they are next for an appointment.

Early in the morning, long lines of refugees form outside Berlin’s Department for Health and Social Affairs Office (nicknamed “LaGeSo”), hoping to register their presence and start the challenging process of finding a home, work and in many cases, a school for their kids. Adjusting to Germany’s culture and language, and dealing with homesickness and the psychological trauma of living for years in war is difficult.

The picture could go with the story: One difficult journey finished, but more challenges to come. By Rebecca Murray