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the book quite literally mine's keeper robin sent no won't be making that mistake again in this league clubs will hope to have a bit more focus for the second half of the season starting on january twelfth. a quick reminder for you of all top story of the moment pope francis has delivered a strong defense of microbes of midnight mass in rome could liken the migration of millions of people fleeing home to the journey of mary and joseph to bethlehem. from us at the top of the zero up next year on a documentary on refugees and their struggle to settle in a foreign country. images from an isolated country images from the north korea. any tell me is a target for captured fascinating shots of everyday life in a regimented society. north korean diary
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starting december twenty eighth. i am a man from syria fled war in his homeland. sasha astonished from bosnia fled genocide in his homeland. and tonio scar made up from chile fled an occupational ban in his homeland. judas' care from germany fled the nazis. nuna from nigeria flood violence in the family. five people who have one thing in common they had to make fresh starts in strange countries.
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we all wanted to be german by all means there are she adds wanted to be german. did the iranian girls the old when i did some of them me when did i say to get blue eyes and blond hair the only proposition trying to be tapped but. nica of no knock came to hamburg in one thousand nine hundred ninety nine at the age of nineteen her german mother had left her when she was just two after that she grew up with her father and stepmother in nigeria. she would rather not talk about why she left but her brother wrote a book in which he tells how the stepmother terrorized abused and starved the children in nigeria she was forced to do the housework in hamburg she enjoys
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cooking nigerian specialities. it was a time when i definitely felt like a stranger here in the beginning you know coming here. thinking half of my life that was half white and all but i'd still like. to call it half caste. with a synonym for people who are. all who have said will prevail needs is coming to germany i realize that that wasn't the case when somebody told me that oh you're in the gap oh i mean look at all wow i didn't know that. i have ended up in beast in twenty sixteen having fled the war in syria his trek took him through turkey greece serbia croatia and austria before he finally reached germany invest he shares a ten square meter room with five other men in
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a refugee hostel his wife and their two small sons are still in syria. i feel very shame because i am. with my friends. with with my own. people in the. schools or with. no without. you don't. you will feel you will decide to save yourself or your family do it's very difficult time for me i miss my boys my wife. and i come off mud was born and raised in this palestinian refugee camp in yarmuk near damascus he learned to play the piano at the age of five.
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he was still playing when islamists overran and laid way. two yarmuk in twenty fifteen. a lot of things happen where the most horrible things we. think. we have what i need her power i see the little game dying to get here and all and this is the horrible things in my mind i don't think. it's worth the gear we see reasoning we don't mean anything. by him cannot forget what he saw now he fears for his family who are still in syria . if and when the first
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five thousand bosnian refugees arrived in germany on special trains they received a warm welcome public willingness to help and make donations was running high from the wartime suffering was at least on the refugees faces weeks as was their gratitude for the fact that germany offered them refuge. such astonishing is one of those five thousand he and his parents arrived in heidelberg where an uncle lived in the summer of one thousand nine hundred two he was fourteen years old and new to words of german. the family applied for asylum and had to wait months to find out if they could stay. there is all this uncertainty even if you make it somewhere else you could be deported to a country where you're not welcome at all and to which you do not want to return these as with those three months were awful for my family they work so. astonishing family were put up in heidelberg emmott's clo and socially deprived
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area with many ethnic minorities he would later say the place that made the most effort to integrate people was a gas station he wrote there in the parking lot we taught each other bad german and how to install car radio. as the dust upon the found that we were not from germany did not play such a major role in emirates going to the border was a cultural melting pot anyway at the same time there was always a kind of competition among the ethnic groups so it wasn't just a case of peacefully holding hands and going to school together. usually the poles stuck with the poles and the turks with the turks. but there are also outstanding examples of people mixing with your love stories are common interests like football or sport in general how. the neck of bridge in heidelberg helped him to feel at home to it reminded him of the bridge in his home town the shagrat except here it
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was safe. judas care had to leave her homeland to. she was just turning ten when the national socialist seize power in germany in one thousand nine hundred thirty three. she fled to switzerland with her older brother michael. de famille here is this family is everything especially for a child. i always felt safe in clique but less so during the war when the bombs found our home was destroyed by bombs you know but our family was there for us. judith's care
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had a sheltered upbringing in a comfortable part of berlin the carers were jewish but not especially devout. alfred care was a famous theater critic and an opponent of the nazis one night in february one thousand thirty three under the cover of darkness the family abandoned their home in the leafy berlin suburb of to revive. just in time to the secret police were on the verge of cancelling their travel papers the nazis confiscated everything the carers had to leave behind. thanks from switzerland their flight took them to paris. it was a big adventure for a ten year old. but. i loved it i was very happy in paris it was lovely. but my mother learned french
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cuisine you know you have never before had we even so well paris was wonderful and . apparently i once said to my father i'm flattered it was dark and our apartment was on a very high floor because the rent was low it when you lived tyra who. wanted and from our little balcony you could look out over paris and apparently i said to my father is not great to be a refugee and. i fished in two side that must have amused him. because it must have been unbelievably hard for my parents that as. her father tried without success to sell his work as the money ran out the parents grew more desperate. my
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mother said. i only found this out later. that she wanted to commit suicide in paris to. see what. it was in some lesson from my father that someone found. small began. to. play for mine and he said she wanted to take the two of us with her my brother and me. one thought it would tell. me i was shocked of course. sure to death and i saw the date on the bottom of i had only just learned friend shifted hati still a lot of hunch and it would have been very annoying to have to diet just when i was learning to speak french ellicott i think function to. get up a whole. lot in the one nine hundred seventy s. berlin the city judith care once fled became
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a place of refuge for people fleeing persecution many of them came from chile august second. you know you know. my number your son to my name is antonio scotmid i am a writer from chile. i love chile in one nine hundred seventy three because of a coup d'etat against the democratically elected president salvador alleged day that led to a military dictatorship in my country is that if one day how to. cite them i have been living in a westerly and with my family my neighbor for eight years. so i talked about it what a invisibility by the for being here. antonio was lucky through family connections he got a scholarship from the german academic exchange service. with this. this i decided to leave the country of my own free will. i was not tortured a single time served and i just lost my job which is very little compared to the
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suffering other people went through so for your. with the. four here where today's concert goers wait for their star to perform was a place of torture and murder. after the putsch the military interned thousands of people in the soccer stadium people were indiscriminately arrested and tortured the stadium became a concentration camp under the new ruler augusta can share. one hundred people were confined to a single locker room and had to share two toilets. more than two thousand men and women were murdered more than one thousand are still missing today. antonio's government a is safe but as a writer he lived off his language now he had to get by in
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a strange country whose language he did not speak. yes you have it bad mia i was reunited with my family when i got to germany will see house and it's all the time i had two sons of seven and five years of age seen but obviously to make a long story short i must say that to learn the language very quickly point and the conversations i had including with german journalists for example over the telephone rang and i knew. the people spoke very fast on the telephone the brightest and when someone called me and offered me something or that he or ask the question. i would pass the receiver to my son but it would go to me and my son went to answer for me if he me. like antonio's comment is children sasha astonished which learned german quickly
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and heidelberg he attended a special school for immigrants the bosnian boys german and history teachers gave him extra attention. they were more than just teachers they were great people and i think they look after us and not just work to rule while they were there for and they understood various aspects of our situation and them even. when he went to university he moved from the outskirts of heidelberg to the town center the only reason he was allowed to stay in germany was that he had a chance of going to college his parents applications for permanent residency were rejected and they emigrated to the us in a way he was lucky. because now i know without a doubt that mine was a single fate and that it was an exception rather than a rule and i don't have dark skin and you can't necessarily see that i'm not
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a german as bad as that is it makes all things easier in germany so i'm doing it. nigga who has dual german nigerian citizenship is sometimes reminded of this but she also enjoys newfound freedoms that had never been please weigh. way you could see you want something on you get is immediately like have access to education free. and having you know just having your own space you own your own room you own your own time we could just shut the door and see this is my time now so i think having that kind of osun definitely. helped me grow and gain an identity find out who i really am. right from the start she soaked up german she learned the language went to school
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and university but her heart was in something else. i started like recording myself or in my day and then i made it and then we decided to explore more you know how the underground sessions that we used to do in different parts just doing music for love not you know not for the money not for competition just. doing it and he introduced me to a different side of making music keyboard hip hop into my life. do i already think i was here before he kind of like just you know he educated me a lot. and here and i on the other hand being on africa introduced. the african side to him and then being in germany.
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you know the sick and amazing mix. her mixture of dubs soul reggae and afro beat went down well and in two thousand and five nikki released her first album for more followed along with tours of europe and the us her songs are about god and family but also about violence environmental destruction. and social injustices in nigeria. have never been. anywhere. but it did when. we don't. get this.
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is it. i hoping if. i. turned. people's lives. and moved. in it in a speech all week. and english her mother tongue. it is a language in which she feels and thinks there was a time when she would rather have forgotten about her african roots and today her african heritage is part of her.
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his native language was not the right around tony lost when he fled chile he lost his subject matter to. me though. that it was pointless to continue talking in the same terms and language addressing the same subculture and subconscious as i did when i communicated with much elaine readers. my work had many references to soccer players to movie stars to the streets and districts of the city to what i shared in common with other hands. but now i was experiencing something else which could be very big. the prince. of exile did you see. it was
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a turning point in exile was to become his most important literary thing it was to play. a role in many of his works. you can run away like this your monopoly i wrote a novel called no possible nada nothing happens. that is the story of an exiled war i give you brought here by its parents i don't recall exactly about fourteen years old with no possible is a novel strictly about exile a tale of exile from the point of view of youth insearch. the young child is torn. he's in love with a german girl but his chilean parents want him to take part in solidarity events for chilean dissident. music. in the.
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c.d.u. a uniquely exile tells of his life this year of his exile parents equally of his friends and school when his first love and. this is pretty much how he falls in love with a girl who sells records at a music store and it him at the end of their first dates there's the pieces they enjoyed the last piece of the magazines they read and the music they listen to. the up in that one how to learn german by listening to the lyrics of songs while walking down the street wearing headphones and singing along to learn the song and they would like to you. provide every bit the laugh out of it and there's. ok we always try to do things with the whole family so for example. gabriele place piano. blues and jazz. and he is very sad.
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oh. and it's ok for example i mean every day situation. we were all very sad when school started again after vacation time but everybody. so i decided to write a blue song for gabriele for governors who so far and. what i mean mine. today is day. to. day is the first day. the experiences antonio's car meant to describes in opossum nada are similar to those of his sons they grew up in between more. chiko
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something that would not be i mean that if your michelle didn't learn languages very quickly and quickly established relations with their peers in. this way that you know just in our case we had to leave our country and it was very interesting to see how children adapt as to the different rules of play but at the knee and he said a few leaves first they had allegiances to their parents but you know who could not live in their homeland he said yeah if the inflated by us but here the nicomedia were not a second play they had allegiances to themselves he said were their future visitors asked what are their prospects for us to their peers a sense of their music of the streets and the excitement of a new language and the owner. they had to reconcile two different worlds the world outside which called out to them saying live with me. and the world of their parents which called out think of your country remember that and think of the time
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when we can return their valuables. symbolised the war and i know we were always sure that we would return to chile so like it we just hoped and waited for it to be possible sometimes secretly. in one thousand nine hundred eighty nine the military dictatorship finally came to an end in chile antonio returned to some to go with his second wife a german their two older sons stayed on in berlin for them chilling was no longer home. i have ahmad also yearns for his homeland syria he misses his piano to the i.r.s. islam ists for whom music is sacrilege burned it here in germany
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a music store allows him to play. by himself father was an instrument maker and had his own store back in syria for much of his life he dreamed of taking over the store from his father. yes when i on the stand in syria that's my dream and i have my whole life i have. both in the home no it's my dream to be sitting with my family. we make everything in the show by and i think each that children on the point in mindful. have. it's and i hope food and music
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that. people come to hear i have his music and his stories today it's too close up for me to play this game in custody. with a beautiful friend we will play a song from your movie and song from germany make some things happen maybe we can change. this crazy war going to. shall believe it's in the cup the bottom line of the law or the reality that it. is our belief. but about that. we had that big.
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of a hemisphere others wanted him to become a concert pianist but a shrapnel wound in his left hand dashed those hopes now he plays to bring attention to the suffering in syria. to stay in the. world but. some of. the weighed in. on you. just like our free for proof. it's a lot of things for me this is why i don't just whine when i would i do i have a lot of things in my. in my. state it exists. from cd on the from below. when i am off man had been in germany without
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his family for a year this arab supermarket was the closest he came to home. many of his relatives and friends died in their attempts to flee syria as the battles raged the war has triggered europe's biggest refugee crisis since the second world war. after his family had to close down its music store i have ahmed sold falafel in syria sometimes he plays concerts here but he doesn't have a steady job. in august twenty sixth seen his wife to honey and two children finally got permission
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to join him in germany and they moved into an apartment in the spot and. but his parents were still in yarmuk or water and food were running out and the war continued. obviously for. it's for me the music physiotherapy when i want to play a concert i will play it in the bathroom the music it's sustained in my blood i need to get it out you know these things. but i've been a i like to play piano in my house with my boys and with nooses i would make a trade off it because. i still would not exist why save. this smoke the chance when the people want a great pianist thank you. but could it be in the make you need
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a lot of things. you know. at least he has his own piano again now. but he would still rather go back to syria with his family nobody knows if that will ever be possible even when the war is over it will take decades to rebuild the country and clear the land mines but he will still be homesick. for you in heidelberg the writer sasha astonished made his new language his living . that is up to us yet didn't care about the entire flight the asian had been sucking sweets man every time he opened one he folded the wrapper carefully
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into a square and stuffed it into the pocket on the back of a seat in front of it but i did what. gilby actually it was overflowing with little squares of sweet wrappers a lot of ice and it was ignored by the asian of us as normally he would have been happy with that but this time he felt that the asian was deliberately ignoring it as if to say i'm not bothering with you i'd prefer to bother with the sweets and the fifth is dear mr horrible where are you. thank you very much. i thought in my first novel i found it hard to read in public i had the feeling that people could see that in german is not my mother tongue that this was something i've consciously been working on for the past eight to ten years to make it go away from my vocabulary because it gets in the way out of. the scene at all some of them so i notice myself when i'm with writers who have the same tendency.
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and then i pay great attention if i can tell a balance has been reached on the emphases and mistakes. and i believe that because i've practiced something and achieved a certain amount of confidence. that it's helped me be more open and active on stage. his books talk about his experiences of war and flight but not only his second book for tim fest or before the feast he's based in east germany he was awarded the book fair prize for it in twenty fourteen of the five there are three areas that are actually essential for successful integration into a city a country on the things go more or less right up school but your family relations are intact and that you are not confined to your own in your social environment and your circle of friends. that is life of course it sounds bad but also i have to have german friends on vietnamese or. london in the second world war.
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this is where the care family finally ended up as it fled the nazis judith care was seventeen when the german law attacked london. while she was working for the red cross her brother michael was interned as an enemy alien although as a jew he was fleeing persecution by the nazis upon his release he became a pilot in the royal air force he felt like a briton prepared to defend his country i. mean time the care spoke to each other in english only it was easy for judith and her brother they became more and more rooted in british culture. an end to. the end of the war it was clear to me these lines that
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this was my home until jose sed. us that it had not for our parents at that point. they did not belong anywhere. that. when the war was over judith stayed in england she worked for the b.b.c. married and had two children she wanted to tell her family story and so wrote and illustrated a book when hitler stole pink rabbit. this autobiographical novel is still read by many schoolchildren in germany and it she tells her story from back then as seen through the eyes of a child. does . when i had finished writing the pink rabbit.
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did now i thought i had recently as honestly as i could call into other theatre and for. anybody who would learn to read it. i always thought was interesting in real children's books if things go wrong the mother going away so clothes and cook. and the father can chop wood and fix everything. bush toilets or. that's not how my parents were. and i thought can you even describe it in writing. surely that's all wrong create children i didn't. condone. the book made her world famous it does not merely tell the moving story of a jewish family that has to flee from the nazis it also reflects on how flight and
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foreignness affect family members and their relations with each other they had to need. to know i could never have written about it while my parents were still alive by the i think it's not something you can do. it's man who you can't write about people who are still alive and well read it it's like you have to have some distance before you can write about it. for us because we were refugees and had to move country again and again and face new difficulties again and again we were closer than most families. and i thought i want to write about what happens in a family. things change. and hitler was also present for us at. the body feel and what i wanted to write about how things change.
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and he's decided that. judith care keeps coming back to berlin in the one nine hundred ninety s. she visited a berlin school named after her. she no longer feels hatred or anger toward the country from which the nazis expelled her. plan denk done him other than one human life when you need someone older you always think what did they do at the time you did cite. but at the same time i remember it well it was at this primary school. and we were talking about the things that had happened back then or the teachers said we all big guilt
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for that crimea i love. or divide and i was a hold of these children how could they be guilty of something that happened while their parents were probably still children. just. kinda. most of judyth cares stories are written for children. in twenty sixteen she presented a new book in berlin. her picture books are about sea lions forgetful house cats tigers that come for tea and daredevil senior citizens. in the audience for many refugees and children of refugees judith care went through a lot that is for mildred to them. this is the uk full length cuts like this one you have arrived in a country and don't understand a red one and you think this is impossible. and then
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suddenly after a year maybe you speak the language. and you think in the language. and it's great. and then you think when you've learned it and you know everything is possible. is understood. and indeed much did become possible for judith's care she made a new home in england and is still writing and exchanging e-mails at over ninety. one geria the home of musician nikka brightly colored warm chaotic worlds apart from northern germany the call of home eventually caught up with her and that was my fist. falling back in love you know that my with my point she didn't see it falling the first time with love with mike leach because i never
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really sold a syria like soul do we. i maybe should have we we've known something you love you realize how much you love it. or how much you hate it. in lego's the biggest city in nigeria sometimes sells her own designs in a friend's store. and in her new german way of seeing things discovers a different side of the country from which she fled as a child from her violent stepmother. i love nigeria. take me to gonna take me to syria your own take me wherever you want to take me i was to come back to nigeria. and has hamburg not become her
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home to. yes i sometimes do feel at home with them but sometimes i don't just like . any way else in the world like if i travel. or i'm a. part of the like. you know it's the same the same feeling you know it's sound there's nothing negative i just. feeling and just me. and then come back. when god permits me to do that also life i don't feel at home you know only to be honest i would like to fight for the whole i'm on my way. or life is a journey. one of the flight ended for some in a new homeland for others back where they came from their books films and music tell us stories of change how they change themselves but also how they change the
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countries they arrived in. her. for sarah willis. is a passion. to. join her on her journey as musical discovery. it's christmas time here in berlin and in the real oakland staatsoper linda in
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syria enjoys a christmas classic pencil and great hope my anger baton pretty. good fifteen minutes on the top of. the festive season in naples via san gregorio our may know is the go to place for natives the figurines. from the virgin mary and the christ child to soccer stars and t.v. chefs there's something for every taste. jesus mary and. the nativities seasons of naples. thirty minutes w. . and then fresh d w that i miss speak your language doesn't up. for content in dari pashto or prospects for a return to our web special edition change your life in germany and the prospects
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for those returning home. join the discussion on t w dot com and on facebook. prospects for returning. to w made for mine. this is the news live from pope francis appeals to the world's conscience this christmas at midnight mass in rome he says faith calls upon the faithful to give immigrants a generous well because of the compassion is the plight of today's migrants to the biblical figures.


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