Nadim, 24

Portraits by Jacobia Dahm

Nadim (24). Photo: Jacobia Dahm, Berlin 2015
Nadim (24). Photo: Jacobia Dahm, Berlin 2015

Nadim left Syria in 2012 after life was getting increasingly unsafe. He went to Jordan where he studied film making, and then to Turkey where he trained as a sound engineer. Nadim made the trek from Izmir to Berlin with a group of friends, the journey on foot took them 23 days. The group walked through Macedonia, Serbia and Hungary, where Nadim was caught by the Hungarian police when he emerged from the forest trying to find a taxi. In the Hungarian camps, the police beat him severely and he ended up injured. When he asked for a lawyer he was told: „Do you think you’re in Sweden?“ Nadim arrived in Berlin in August 2015. His parents have settled in Saudia Arabia, his sister is still at home in Damascus. August 25, 2015.

Jacobia Dahm spent the summer of 2015 in Berlin, a time when the city was going through major changes: thousands of people arrived every day, Syrians fleeing their beloved country destroyed by war. Jacobia wanted to talk to them about their dangerous journeys and the lives they left behind – and she began to take their portraits.