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Ten years ago the Niksadas fled to Tehran, where they still live as refugees. But that is not a life, says Yasser. For this reason the family sent him, then thirteen years old, on his journey to Europe, a difficult journey over land and sea. One of the great differences between Tehran and Berlin for Yasser is the absence of his two brothers and sisters, but above all he misses his parents. Now sixteen years old, he is a pupil in year nine. After completing school, he would like to train as a car mechanic. In the poems that he composes in his native language, Farsi, Yasser explores the feeling of being torn apart, and comes to terms with what he experienced on his flight through the process of writing.
In 2018 Yasser Niksada was awarded the Else Lasker-Schüler Poetry Prize.