Later on we visited the home for asylumseekers in Mannheim where we met Ms. Manthey who showed us around the whole complex and gave us a detailed guided tour throughthe living area of the asylum seekers. And what we saw was beyond our level of calmness. The way the people had to live there was below the dignity of a human being. Mostly eight to ten people lived in one room which would not have been sufficient for a family of two people. Speaking of families. Often they were separated from each other and not only in the complex but also spread over whole of Germany.
During our visit in to asylum seeker house we had the opportunity to have small dialogue with some residents. Our group was allowed to meet a positive young woman so we made a short profile of her.
We started our conversation by asking her some general questions which had been created by students of the classes 10 and 11 together with the participants of this project:
What ist the meaning of your name?: Love
Which languages do you speak?: Turkish and a Kurdish accent
Are you married?: No
What is your profession?: Eight years of school
What did you not like about the city you grew up in?: The problematic coexistance of turks and Kurds in her city Aydenazin
What was your favorite dish from Turkey?: Everything
What is the main difference between Germany and Turkey?: Peace, freedom and education
What do you like about Germany?: (religious) freedom
Do you know Germans? 2 German friends and our lovely group
Do you have any friends in this house?: Not really but we try to help each other which brings us closer
Why did you choose Germany as a country you want to escape to? More rights
How did you manage to come to Germany?: In a truck (lot of pain and fear)
How did you come to Mannheim?: Bielefeld--> Karlsruhe--> Mannheim
Can you move freely in Mannheim?: Yes, but I am discriminated (no job for eg. ) and outcast
Can you ask for another city to live in?:Yes, but very inconvinient
What do you wish most in the future?: Peace, freedom and education
Why did you leave you hometown?: Discriminated in Turkey because I am
Kurdish, I didn't want to wear a headscarf and being forced to marry my cousin
Which job to you want to do?: Teacher
In Turkey? No in Germany because it is not allowed in Turkey
Do you see your future in Turkey? No, because Turkey is extremely conservative
Can your parents come to Germany? No, because they are not asylum seekers
Do you have siblings? Yes three brothers and two sisters
Do miss your family?: Yes a lot
What are your hobbies? Singing and dancing
Are you angry about your parents? No, because my grand parents and uncle wanted me to marry my cousin
Her story was extremely touching! Even though her life had been tough and filled with a lot of misery she was still happy and positive. Her wishes were never only centered around her needs but ALWAYS thought about the world and its needs.
She is a perfect example of how necessary the asylum seeker residencies are for a lot of people in great need. Her life and freedom had been shattered by the conservative attitude in her home country but by benig able to live in Germany she has the possibility to gain a bit of normality.
It showed us how unimportant our own problems are when one can see how substantial the main needs in life are, like freedom of speech, freedom of choosing you husband and just living the way YOU want to and not how SOMBODY else wants you to live.
Samira Kolb, a participant of this project, was so touched by the work of the helpers in the asylum seeker home that she decided to do a one week internship in this organisation and try to help in teaching German, showing the asylum seekers the German way of life and many more activities.