Germany. Refugees hoping to register their presence in Berlin.

Germany, Berlin, October 05, 2015, Walid (right), Sara and Qatada (center) picnic on the grass outside “LaGeSo” as they wait for their number to be called. Despite having fled ISIS militants in Salahdine, Iraq, endured a frightening boat journey and mistakenly took a wrong train from Vienna that landed them in a Slovakian jail for over two months, they are happy to be together, and to be in Germany. “We feel free here,” they said.

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