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Racism and insomnia plague Syrian refugee family in Germany

by Kirsten Grieshaber


For the Syrian refugee family, one reprieve from crushing boredom in
the asylum center is short walks to a lake.

But in a town teeming with neo-Nazis, the excursions can bring more distress than relief: A man
recently stormed out of a coffee shop and screamed at two women of the
Habashieh family to take off their hijabs "because we're in Europe!"

Another time, people inside a car yelled: "Auslaender raus!!" —
Foreigners out!! Fear and frustration, however, have been tempered by kindness.

A volunteer from nearby Dresden has befriended the Habashiehs,
who fled Syria's civil war and are now living in a temporary facility
in the eastern town of Heidenau after arriving in Germany last month,
following a perilous journey from Damascus.

The experience mirrors the mixture of hostility and generosity


Added: Oct-17-2015 Occurred On: Oct-17-2015
By: supermotard
Other News, Politics
Tags: EU, Germany, Migrants, Racism, Insomnia, Winter
Location: Germany (load item map)
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