Our shared apartment - looking back

It has now been a year since we lived together in a shared flat. Just as a bundle of motives brought us together, after 2½ years we parted ways again for different reasons. The tenant announced that he wanted to move in. In the flat-sharing community, Eshan and I then thought of looking for a new flat together for all three of us. At the same time, Maiko wanted to try something new and live alone. After I finished my training, it was also uncertain for me whether I would stay in Berlin at...

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The part of their story with me in it

By Marisha Lange  At the beginning of May I began a three-month internship at a refugee shelter in the south-east corner of Berlin. In my first days at the shelter, I met people from Afghanistan and Azerbaijan, Iraq and Iran, Syria and Eritrea and Turkey. I was fascinated by the diversity of their languages and religions and cultures. I was captivated by their stories, but while I was deeply interested in their past, something in me quickly latched on to their present. The novelty of...

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Women's Welcome Bridge

WOMEN’S WELCOME BRIDGE is a website for women which is built by women. It connects refugee women with female volunteers living in Berlin. This website features offers; requests, appointments, and links to initiatives provided by and on behalf of refugee women. The website is available in German, English, Farsi, Arabic, French and Turkish as well. RZ: Can you tell us about your website? What is the aim of this project? WWB: On Women's Welcome Bridge, one can contact to another directly. Just...

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Migrants don't want to just sit around!

SPANISH BELOW The MaMis en Movimiento e.V. are an association of Spanish and German speaking people who support each other on very different topics. For some time now, they have been offering various services in Treptow-Köpenick, too. We met with them and talked about their origins and whishes for the future. RawafedZusammenfluss: What do MaMis en Movimiento stand for? Karina: We have two pillars: The regular activities and publicly funded projects. We started with very small grants. Last...

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