Hameed (22) from Kandahar recovers from a knee surgery, which he contracted fleeing the Taliban. Since he was caught he will be deported back to Bulgaria according to the Dublin treaty.
Hameed and his roommate Khan sleep during Ramadan. Khan works illegally in a Turkish food store 12 hours a day, 6 days a week. Hameed prefers the floor to the bed as it is more comfortable.
Zadina (28) is exhausted from the unsuccessful search for accommodation in a Kreuzberg hostel, as Rawan (2,5) sleeps from overexcitement on her lap. Naif, Zadinas husband, makes one last desperate attempt to convince the reception to take their official voucher, which will never be paid by authorities.
Social worker Nabil translates a letter for Ebrhaim as well as counsels him in the office of the refugee shelter. Communication and understanding pose a major problem for asylum seekers from all over the world.
Latif (14) live's with his family of five in one of the biggest rooms of the shelter which is rhoughly 26 sqm.
Zlatan (29) hold his four year old daughter Vanessa in their room. He and Ramiza, Vanessa’s 23- year old mother, are both illiterate and Roma, facing repression back home in Bosnia. Meanwhile they were deported back with the certainty of homelessness and no access for education for Vanessa.
Ebrahim from Egypt has breakfast before Friday morning prayer. He used to work as entrepreneur and had to leave country after the events on Tahrir square in Cairo.
Abdel Rachman (17) and Nasser watch series on Nasser’s smartphone. Nasser is the security guard of the shelter and Abdel used to live there before moving with his family into an apartment on the other side of town. Despite this he still returns as visitor to the shelter as it feels more home than the flat.
Hameed contemplates his situation on Eid al Fitr, which he used to spend celebrating with his family. He tried to object against his deportation legally but chances are slim. Meanwhile his knee turned to the worse again.
Food donations are distributed by a soup kitchen as the social security checks are not enough to cover everything and come more and more infrequent.
Asmoro puts a Maria icon as religion becomes more important in the life of refugees. It provides shelter and hope where bureaucracy has taken it.
Zlatan and Ramiza have agreed to their deportation. This avoids getting woken up and taken away during the night. This way they get a small sum from the government and the chance to pack up their belonging for the bus ride back to Bosnia. The week before Ramiza was told she is pregnant again.