Germany, Berlin, October 05, 2015, Refugees waiting for a number to make an appointment, to jump start their official registration in Germany. Ali, 18, from Pakistan, is waiting for a number. His journey from Pakistan to Germany took 2 month and cost him 5000 Euro. Ali is calling his brother, who is still in Pakistan, to show him the queue.
Refugees will have to find a home, take German language classes, start work and enroll their children in schools. Many find resilience despite traumatic memories from the countries they fled, little money to get by and the challenge of learning a new culture and land.
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
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