Germany, Berlin, Berlin, September 19, 2016, Here: In a tram. Hassan Mosari (19, green shirt) and his colleagues at Berlin-based youth project Ankommen accompany some kids (all are asylum-seekers from Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria) back to there accommodation.
These pictures belong to the following text by Josie Le Blond:
Volunteer asylum-seekers lend a hand
A German program is encouraging asylum-seekers and refugees to lend a hand with the task of integrating fellow new arrivals.
“What shall we play today?” Hassan asks the lively sea of young faces gathered round him. “Football!” comes the unanimous response. Giggling and tussling, the group moves out of the shadow of the east Berlin high-rises and spreads out into a park bathed in early-Autumn sunshine. Hassan places bags at either end of the makeshift pitch to serve as goal posts. He gives a signal and a free-wheeling game begins.
Hassan’s eight wards for the afternoon, all of them under ten years old, are asylum-seekers from Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria. Every Monday, Hassan and his colleagues at Berlin-based youth project Ankommen pick them up from their shelter and accompany them to a nearby youth club. It’s a time for burning off excess energy, playing games and learning new skills.
Hassan is one of tens of thousands of volunteers in Germany helping young newcomers settle into their fresh surroundings. The difference is, he himself is also an asylum-seeker. Last summer, the 19-year-old fled violence near his home in Ghazni, Afghanistan and made his way to Germany.
“I like it in Germany, there are a lot of nice people here,” said Hassan, who is currently lodging with a German volunteer in her Berlin apartment. “Waiting on the asylum process can be very difficult, very frustrating. But the work is fun. It’s good for me, I’m very glad to be doing something useful.”
Earlier this year Hassan joined hundreds of asylum-seekers currently donating their time as part of Germany’s Federal Volunt
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