Posted on Feruary 1st, 2016 by ESPMI Network.
They are Muslim men, and they want to stay in Germany.
F.Thurm and C. Bangel spoke with four Syrian refugees about good women, bad men and getting used to a new culture’s rules.
A refugee hostel opened its doors a few weeks ago less than 100 meters from the editorial offices of ZEIT ONLINE, a sister publication of Handelsblatt Global Edition.We went there and asked whether someone would like to talk to us about men and women, and their relationship to each other. After the horrific events in Cologne on New Year’s Eve, when hundreds of assaults on women were carried out by men described as being North African or Arab, almost everyone is talking about Arab men, but almost no one is talking to them.Four men immediately agreed to talk to us. They are all from Syria and arrived in Germany recently. They are very different. Mohammad F. is 60, a carpenter, married and has 12 children. Mamoun H. is 32, an energy engineer and single. And Kurdish brothers Ammar and Mohammed B., 22 and 21, would be university students now if there were no war. They are accompanied by Hassan, a security official from the refugee hostel, who serves as their interpreter.