photography / documentary: generation exile / berlin refugee youths: KHei_BER_Jawad-Omid_18

 “In Germany, we’re not the only foreign people living here. It’s different kind of people, from anywhere, Syria, Iraq… We actually feel like we are not from anywhere else, we’re also from Deutschland, we are living here, we go to school. We are all learning together. Learn their language, learn their culture, enjoy with them together.”Jawad attends one of the 500 and counting Willkommensklassen (welcome classes) of intensive German language lessons for young refugees in Berlin. Back home, he had finished tenth grade before having to interrupt his schooling, and he is hoping that once he speaks German as well as he already speaks English, he’ll be able to transfer to a regular class, or maybe start an Ausbildung – attend the German vocational training program for young people.

“In Germany, we’re not the only foreign people living here. It’s different kind of people, from anywhere, Syria, Iraq… We actually feel like we are not from anywhere else, we’re also from Deutschland, we are living here, we go to school. We are all learning together. Learn their language, learn their culture, enjoy with them together.” 

Jawad attends one of the 500 and counting Willkommensklassen (welcome classes) of intensive German language lessons for young refugees in Berlin. Back home, he had finished tenth grade before having to interrupt his schooling, and he is hoping that once he speaks German as well as he already speaks English, he’ll be able to transfer to a regular class, or maybe start an Ausbildung – attend the German vocational training program for young people.