The Poetry Project

Shahzamir Hataki

Shahzamir Hataki, Foto © Rottkay
Photo © Rottkay

Shahzamir  (*2000), his parents’ only son, fled to Germany at the age of fifteen. Because of war, he was no longer able to attend school in his homeland. In Greece Shahzamir unexpectedly met his sister and her family. They did not know that they had set off at the same time, as they lived in different cities in Afghanistan. In 2016 they arrived in Berlin together. Shahzamir’s journey lasted three months in all, and he almost drowned on the passage to Greece. Shahzamir means »royal place«, an expression of his father’s pride. High expectations are placed on him as the only son. He has now completed his intermediate school certificate, found a foster family, and lives in shared accommodation. His right to stay is not yet secure, and Shahzamir is much occupied with the question of whether or not he can remain in Germany.
In 2018 Shahzamir Hataki was awarded the Else Lasker-Schüler Poetry Prize and in 2019 the THEO (Berlin-Brandenburg Prize for Youth Literature) in the category »poetry«.

Without You

Shahzamir Hataki Mazar-e-Sharif, Afghanistan Living my life here without youIs difficult, father.I am thirsty for your tears.And to cry here ...

High and Madness

Shahzamir Hataki Mazar-e-Sharif, Afghanistan Love is a high and madnessAnd strange to the world,She sits there always, from dusk until ...