was born in 2000 in Mazar-e-Sharif, Afghanistan. Shahzamir means ‘royal place’, an expression of his father’s pride. His parents’ only son, he fled alone to Germany at the age of fifteen. His journey took him three months; he nearly drowned on the crossing to Greece. Shahzamir’s parents are still in Afghanistan; whether they can ever join him in Germany is uncertain. Shahzamir has found a foster family in Berlin who have accepted him like their own son and given him a lot of support. He likes to play football and goes to the gym. He now lives in his own flat in Berlin-Mitte, and has trained as a nurse. He works at the Charité hospital.

This author is a prizewinner.