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October 10, 2016


Bwambale. Omar. Babucarr. Modou. Mehreteab. What do these names have in common? Each of these people is an African refugee living in Germany who had risked his life to search for a safer future. Working as an intern in Germany for six weeks over the summer, I had the opportunity to interact with them and learn about their experiences coming to Europe and their lives as refugees in Germany. While many were excited about the opportunity to begin a new life there, I quickly began to discover that this pursuit of a better future is fading from reality.

When refugees first began arriving in Germany, the public welcomed them with water, toys and candy. As thousands of migrants in Hungary began making their way towards German borders, German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s open-door refugee policy delighted not only the majority of the German population but humanitarians worldwide. A country with deep-rooted memories of atrocities committed throughout the 20th ce...

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