Omran FadelPoemsSyria

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.