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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«.