I Stare Back

Omran Fadel

Homs, Syria

 

Arriving at the airport in Berlin.
I am alone among 1,000 people.
I have arrived.
And yet am still in Egypt with my family.

I cannot read the signs.
I have to go to the exit and find my uncle.
I simply follow the other people.
My uncle recognises me straight away.
We haven’t seen each other for six years.

The buildings are five times as big as in Egypt.
The language is strange.
How can I learn it quickly?

From the capital city to a smaller town.
People in the subway stare at me.
I stare back.

 

Omran Fadel (15)

was sent to Germany alone by his family to live here with his uncle and have a better future. His parents and four brothers and sisters still live in their homeland. Omran likes sporting activities and wants to start an apprenticeship after finishing school.

Violence Like Stars in the Sky

Omran Fadel

Homs, Syria

 

In my homeland there is as much violence as there are stars in the sky.
People are beaten and shot by the police.
No one can say anything. Otherwise they are arrested.
People in my homeland are simply punished.
There are no proper laws.
If you have money, you can buy anything.
Even the police.
Even the laws.

 

Omran Fadel (15)

was sent to Germany alone by his family to live here with his uncle and have a better future. His parents and four brothers and sisters still live in their homeland. Omran likes sporting activities and wants to start an apprenticeship after finishing school.