The Berlin-based project PROTHEGE offers therapy to refugees in response to a heavy demand for it. But creating a workable structure on a voluntary basis has proved more difficult than envisaged at the start. A report on insufficient funding and difficult networking.
Meet your neighbours as part of a ‘cultural breakfast’ event at the municipal library in Munich-Pasing. On 14 May, Fridolin Schley met the Syrian poet and journalist Yamen Hussein for an intercultural dialogue with a Syrian focus. They read old and new poems and talked about the continuous process of arriving in a new country.
Students of Freie Universität Berlin organized a research seminar on the situation of women* in refugee camps in Berlin in cooperation with the International Women’s Space (IWS). Recently the research results were published in an anthology.
At the Meet your Neighbours evening at Literaturhaus München (House of Literature Munich) on May 3, Sandra Hoffmann and Denijen Pauljević met authors and editors from the NeuLand (NewLand) newspaper, which since 2015 has been offering refugees an unfiltered opportunity to speak out and enter into dialogue with people already living here.
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.
WIR MACHEN DAS organized an open discussion event during the international literary festival berlin (ilb), to highlight the questions that concern the newcomers here in Berlin.
How the first Arabic library in Berlin emerged. The opening.
Curator Ronja Sommerfeld from the Afrika Medien Zentrum in Berlin has led many discussions for the photo exhibition Flucht nach vorn (Escaping Ahead), which presents migrants and refugees as role models. But what exactly is a role model and does the exhibition concept work? Impressions from the opening event.