Refugees in German, escaping back to Turkey?
Between who has been stabbed with a bottle in a train, and another who wakes at night to find himself threatened by three men with a wooden sticks, and a third who is a woman with a Hijab being removed forcibly by a man, some refugees are considering leaving German because of hate and violence they meet.
‘’It’s scary in here, a man stabbed me with a bottle in the train when the door was closing, I couldn’t do anything’’. Said Fares Qassas, who’s considering joining his family in Turkey after his refuge in Germany.
‘’I face lots of pressure that causes me a stomach problem’’ said Muhammad Alkhudary. Ever since he saw a car stopping next to him and an armed -ready to fight- men getting out of it, Muhammad –who works as a dentist assistant- no longer dare to go out after 6 P.M.
Fares and Muhammad live in Saxony in eastern Germany, where violence of the Far Right has risen three times last year to reach 784 incidents compared with a 235 one in 2014.
During the National Day on the third of October, Chancellor Angela Merkel received condemnation and Insults due to the opening-up policy pursued towards refugees. The government has become concerned about the growing racism which now Acquires community and threatens social peace in eastern Germany.
‘’The eastern is no good place for refugees. It’s hard to find a place to stay, no jobs and no communication with neighbours’’ – said Alkhuday, who’s struggling to move out to western Germany.
Leave us alone
When he was asked about refugees in Saxony from his standpoint, a man in his fifties said: ‘’they must leave’’.
‘’we’ve always been suffering from concealed racism and right-wing extremism in the German society, but they are obvious nowadays’- said Enrico Schwarz, who runs an Association for the Assistance of Refugees.
German society was divided after the arrival of about 890 thousand refugees and immigrants into the country last year, and their concerns increased about these newcomers in eastern Germany states, which suffer from unemployment and being left by youth.
Priestess Ardmut Gostky from Hideno village in Saxony, where violent protests against immigration in 2015 were, said that the arrival of the latest refugees has made a difference in the lives of the inhabitants.
She adds: “what they want to say is leave us alone, we are barely managing our lives since the union of Germany, and here we are, facing new challenges”, considering that “some hasn’t learnt yet how democracy takes place” in the eastern areas which constituted Eastern Germany before and was part the Soviet Union.
Mark Lolland, the activist in assisting refugees also blames the Internet, saying “before the spreading of the social network sites, perhaps people were racists, but they would keep it to themselves. Nowadays, it’s enough to have a computer and go to Facebook to let them know they are not alone’’.
Loneliness and weariness
Every week, Lolland heads to Clausentez, a little village which no one would have heard about otherwise the attack on a bus carrying refugees by an angry crowd.
“They were yelling with statements like: we’re going to kill you. They were drunk. They scared us a lot”. Said Saadia Aziz, an Afghan refugee.
Beside frightfulness, about twenty refugees in Clausentez suffer Loneliness and weariness despite the sympathy of some residents, such as the 15 years old Louay Khatun’s colleagues, who assist him in his homework.
Louay says, before shaking hands with an elderly couple, “There are no Nazis here.”
Marc Lallond expressed how sorry he is that violence overwhelms the efforts in helping refugees integrate.
He added: “When I hear about a new attack, it is an incentive for me because it means that we have more work to do. We can’t stop”.