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The “Refugees’ Library” is an archive of court sketches on the topics of asylum and migration. Each booklet portrays court proceedings that have actually taken place in Berlin(the names of the people involved have been changed). More than 20 translators volunteer in this project to make the booklets available to readers in a range of languages. The main concern is to make the archive library available to refugees as a resource of information to prepare for their own hearings.

2016

1- Magomed, Dagestan / Asylum Law

Translator:  Lydia White
Text, Drawings: Marina Naprushkina

2- Adam, Chechnya / Asylum Law

Translator: Joan Somers Donnelly
Text, Drawings: Marina Naprushkina

3- Afnan, Palestina / Immigration Law, Residence Permit

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Translator:Lydia White
Text, Drawings: Marina Naprushkina

2013

1 – Arsam, Iran / Asylum Law

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Arsam_refugeeslibrary_ENArsam N., 20 years old, was born in Iran. There he started to visit a protestant church. One day the church was attacked by the police. Arsam received threats from the police and even from his own family. He fled to Turkey and from there on to Germany.

2 – Hamid, Afghanistan / Asylum Law

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Hamid_refugeeslibrary_EN (1)Hamid Q., born in Afghanistan, belongs to the Hazara ethnic group. After an accident, he was severely threatened by the victim’s family. 

Proofreader: Lydia White

3 – Said, Somalia / Asylum Law

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refugeeslibrary_Said_ENSaid N. is a Somalian citizen, he entered Germany in July 2011. He came to Italy on a motorboat and spent 7 months in an enclosed camp in Italy. Said entered Germany in July 2011, graduated from school here and understands German well. The Federal Agency rejected his motion because it accused him of filing a second application in Germany after his petition in Italy was rejected. 

Translator: Leaticia Kossligk

4 – Andisheh, Iran / Asylum Law

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Refugeeslibrary_Andisheh_ENAndisheh fled to Germany in 2011 with her husband and daughter. In Teheran she used to work as a secretary in a doctor’s office. After the election of 2009 politically active patients were treated in the doctor’s office. These people came from prisons and had often been tortured there. The patients‘ data was saved on a laptop. Andisheh volunteered to take this laptop to her home for safekeeping, without informing her husband. In 2011, the family’s house was searched and the family fled.

Translator: Leaticia Kossligk

5 – Jakov, Serbia / Deportation

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refugeeslibrary_Jakov_ENJakov K. is 26 years old, born and schooled in Berlin. K. is a Serbian citizen, but in possession of a permanent permit of residence. K. is addicted to drugs. Several penal procedures were opened against him. K. is threatened to be deported to Serbia

Translator: Leaticia Kossligk
Proofreader: Lydia White

 

6 – Adi, Afghanistan / Asylum Law

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Adi_refugeeslibrary_ENAdi K. entered Germany in 2011 and had a hearing in the Federal Office in October 2011. Adi K. is from Ghazni province. Adi K. escaped to Iran, traveled to Turkey and from there he took a truck to Germany. He fled because of persecution. Adi K. was threatened and abducted.

Translator: Markus Baathe
Proofreader: Lydia White

7 – Rohat, Turkey / Asylum Law

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Rohat_refugeeslibrary_EN (1)Rohat C. is a Turkish citizen of Kurdish background. He filed an asylum bid in 2012. In 2013, he was heard in front of the Federal Agency as to the reasons of his petition. Mr C. was convicted to 6 months in prison in 2011 due to violation of the veiling laws. The Federal Agency rejected the motion, as no reasons for political persecution could be ascertained. 

Translator: Leaticia Kossligk

 

8 – Ruslan, Dagestan / Asylum Law

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refugeeslibrary_Ruslan_ENRuslan Y. comes from Dagestan. He and his brother arrived in Germany as unaccompanied minors.

Translator: Leaticia Kossligk

Proofreader: Lydia White

9 – Hazim, Iraq / Asylum Law

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Hazim_refugeeslibrary_ENHazim S. is a Yazidi of Kurdish heritage.

Translator: Leaticia Kossligk

Proofreader: Joan Somers Donnelly

10 – Rojin, Iraq / Asylum Law

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Rojin_refugeeslibrary_ENRojin D. is Yazidi of Kurdish decent. She fled with her two children from Iraq to Germany.

Translator: David Ey

Proofreader: Joan Somers Donnelly

11 – Fernando, Honduras / National foreigner law

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refugeeslibrary_Fernando_ENFernando Jose Antonio Ramirez came to German 2008 as the son of a diplomat. After he divorced, authorities refused to extend his temporary residence permit. 

Translator: Charlotte Stromberg

 

12 – Tatiana and Rahmon, Dagestan / Asylum Law

 

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Heft12_Tatiana_EN KopieTatiana and Rahmon are married and have two sons. They lived in a village in Dagestan (Russian Federation).  When police learned that Rahmon’s brother had joined rebel forces, they repeatedly visited Tatiana and Rahmon’s house and violently assaulted both of them. They decided to flee to Germany, but their asylum application was refused. In court they filed suit against their imminent deportation.

 

Translator: Charlotte Stromberg

 

13 – Blagomir, Bosnia / Visa

 

 
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Translator: Sonja Hornung

 

14 – Ahmed, Chechnya

 

 
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Ahmed comes from Chechnya. His first application for asylum was rejected in Poland. In 2010, Ahmed applied for asylum in Germany with his wife.

Translator: Zoë Miller

 

15 – Karen and Narine, Armenia / Asylum Law

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Translator:Lydia White