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What I want most is to live a dignified life

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Heute haben wir einen Blogpost von Moe für euch. Moe kommt aus Syrien und lebt seit 2015 in Deutschland. Wir haben ihn durch bunt und verbindlich kennengelernt und eingeladen, beim Launch der Plattform dabei zu sein und danach etwas über sich und sein Leben hier in Deutschland zu berichten.

“I was born in 1983 in Damascus-Syria, if you look at me you will find a nonstop life learner, a person with advanced skills of observation, who always notices details that may not be clear or visible for normal observers.

Around 2001 I started working as an operator for – digital large format – printers in Syria. In 2003, I moved to the UAE (United Arab Emirates) to work as a graphic designer. Later on I went to Dubai, working for one of the best advertising agency in the region.

Due to emergency circumstances, I went back to Syria in 2007. It was a new beginning for me but with a decent portfolio and a few years of experience working with number of advertising agencies, I began working as a graphic designer and photographer in Syria until the war has started.

I left Syria again, but I did not run away from war. I do not fear death, what I fear most is losing my dignity and this was inevitable staying in Syria.

So a new journey started via Jordan, Egypt, Lebanon, Turkey, Greece, Macedonia, Serbia, Slovenia, Austria and finally Germany.

What appeals the most to me in Germany is that their forefathers told their people about the scourge of war, and they know and cherish the meaning of human dignity. 

It has been more than a year for me in Germany so far, coming here was a major shift in my life, everything was new for me, language, perspectives, traditions and habits, etc.

I arrived in late 2015. Neundorf was the first station for me, a quiet rural village, characterized by the purity of its people and environment, and while waiting for the official resident permit to be issued, I began to do some volunteer work in Staßfurt, a small city located about 5 km far from Neundorf.

I was trying to provide assistance to refugees by translating to English when needed i.e. at the doctors, in social centers and social events, and in some official departments, or to buy tickets at the train station.

During this period, I participated in „Political participation without voting“ a trial-election campaign by LAMSA Organization to introduce refugees to the German political system. I also attended „OTC“ Open Transfer Camp a conference for initiatives and ideas to support and help refugees. There I got to know Katarina the organizer, and her friend Claudia, a participant who helped with translating. We became best friends and my wife Lubna and I even spent New year’s Eve 2015 with Katarina and others in Berlin in a traditional German manner.

When the official resident permit were issued, I began German language classes. Since the nearest school was in Staßfurt, I had to relocate there. Now Staßfurt is the second station for me in Germany so far. During 2016, Claudia has proposed my name for the participation in a competencies development and support program, provided by Haufe Akademie. Last month I had my first invitation for a business interview in Germany, which is a part of the program.

On my birthday I got a laptop from my friends in Berlin, and a while ago my wonderful friend Martin gave me his “Nikon D90“ camera when he was visiting us in Staßfurt. Since then I am starting to take pictures again.  

These simple gestures by kind people are great opportunities that will help me to build a solid platform for my new beginning in Germany. I am grateful for that because they enable me to shape my own future and live a dignified and responsible life.

Here are some of my photo impressions from the launch of bunt und verbindlich:

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