For a good three months now, the Berlin association SolidariGee has been holding consultation hours for young adult refugees who arrived in Germany as unaccompanied minors. All support measures and care services fall away – with drastic consequences – as soon as these people come of age.
One year ago a group of professional musicians founded the MitMachMusik association with the aim to promote integration by playing music together. Twice a week, professional musicians visit children and teenagers in their accommodation at the refugee camps in Berlin and Potsdam to play music with them. The children are sensitized to listen to each other, to react and interact, to guide and accompany.
Jumpstart is a project that brings together locals and newcomers in order to provide orientation, support and motivation for a new beginning in Berlin. Lorna Cannon, who has moved from England to Germany herself some years ago, tells about the challenges of a new arrival from her own experience and how, by international friendships and the occupied Oranienplatz in Berlin-Kreuzberg, she got in touch with the project JumpStart.
On march 18th a demonstration took place in Berlin to commemorate the sixth year of the Syrian revolution. Ameenah Sawwan was one of the participants and shares some thoughts and conversations on this date.