»Why do you want to take this life away from me, to deny me freedom? I too am a human.« – Robina Karimi

In July The Poetry Project received two invitations to be part of the programme for a conference of school heads from the USA who had come to learn about social projects in Berlin. In addition to reading in Rachel Clarke’s Storytelling Arena, whose tandem format is also a stage for poetic dialogue with young refugees, the authors of The Poetry Project first read their works in their native languages as usual. Theresa Rüger read the German translations. For the second time since the TEEME Conference at the Freie Universität in 2018, the English translations were then read by the young author and singer-songwriter  Anne Genberg from New York. The positive reaction of the audience made a deep impression on those who read the poems. We would therefore like to express our sincere thanks to the audience for their warmth, and also to Aidan Bartley for the invitation and organisation, and to Ali Alzaeem, Rojin Namer, Robina Karimi, Reza Hossaini and Hamed Baluch for sharing their personal experiences.