Now that I can write first hand about LaGeSo’s services, let me tell you the story of that day when I had a work medical appointment there. I will begin with the positive: next to no wartezeit for me. After all, I have a European passport. There is even another entrance, so it’s the first … More Better left untitled, December 13th, 2016
I’m flying to Greece tomorrow. I haven’t packed yet, it’s no holidays. Not that I would know what to pack if I were to go on holidays. I never backpacked to hell. That’s how I imagine it will be. It will look like heaven, and people will be nice, but it will be hell. Hell … More Lesvos, D-3
This morning I get up to accompany a Moroccan-Syrian couple to their appointment at the LaGeSo. I find it very strange that they have an appointment today, since I had heard the building was closed during the holidays. But I saw the paper, it’s written “28.12”. Naturally, no time is specified. Abdel, the husband, has … More LaGeSo, December, 28th, 2015
A month after his disappearance, Mohamed, 4 years old, has been found dead in Berlin. The suspected murderer has been arrested. The boy had been abducted on the LaGeSo’s premises.Such news are always sickening, and horrible. A child is dead, his life stolen and irreplaceable, and none of what can be written about the circumstances … More Mohamed
The bad weather makes things worse for refugees at the Lageso. Last week, it was raining heavily and the children’s corner was already full, with kids and volunteers. A man asked me if I had a plastic bag so that he could cover his daughter’s head. I gave him one and felt ashamed that he … More LaGeSo, undated, rainy day
When we’re not at the Lageso, we are on Facebook or Twitter, looking at official updates and trying to find out when the next train or bus with refugees on board will reach Berlin. This time, we find out at around 3pm that a train with 300 will reach Berlin the day after. A couple … More Berlin, Schönefeld, September 16th
We finally got the Children’s room ready. Our first little visitors came in on Monday. We mind the children while their parents get on with the administrative procedures at the LaGeSo. When you’re a teacher, you often have a favourite kid, although you never mention it in the classroom. Here, it is the same, only … More Lageso’s Children’s Corner – Martin
Am Freitag Abend (21. August) wurden zwei ehrenamtliche Mitarbeiter von „Moabit Hilft“ zu eine syrische Flüchtlingfamilie gerufen. Der Vater einer 6-Köpfige Familie wurde von einem Betrüger bedroht. Er hatte der Familie versichert, eine Unterkunft im Tausch gegen die Hostelgutscheine, für die er ihnen 5€/Gutschein gegeben hatte, zu geben. Erst hatte er die Familie in eine … More Hostelgutscheine für Flüchtlinge: wer ist im Falle von Betrüge zuständig?
Today at the LaGeSo, we welcomed many new people, be they asylum seekers or new volunteers. As I was outside at the children’s corner, an elderly woman, looking quite well-off, came forward with a request: she wanted us to find her “a homeless refugee family, but only from Syria, not from the Balkans, with two, … More Table for two…refugees
Another day by LaGeSo. There aren’t so many kids at the kids corner today, apparently less families have travelled to Berlin this week. The atmosphere is much more relaxed, but hundreds are still waiting for their number to be called. Some people came with music instruments and a group of men are singing together in … More "Enjoy your day"