Germany, Berlin, October 05, 2015, Trade fair hall number 26. Selwa brought her husband and three children, including Reham (pictures), 7, to Germany after fleeing the Damascus suburb of Al-Ghouta. Over ten of their extended family died in a poison attack there. “They went to sleep and didn’t wake up,” Selwa said.
Many refugees now sleep in emergency reception centers around Berlin waiting for their registration interview at “LaGeSo”. Authorities use innovative thinking to create accommodation, like in the landmark ‘Internationales Congress Centrum’ (ICC) Berlin complex (the ICC is part of the trade fair halls from Messe Berlin). The hall was was quickly set up last Thursday, with bunk beds, a child’s playing area and dinning room. For refugees now, their daily life has suddenly transformed from constantly moving, to waiting.
The picture could go with the story: One difficult journey finished, but more challenges to come. By Rebecca Murray
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