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Berlin Dreams: The Land of Opportunity in a Changing World

This post was originally published on Berlin Logs. You can find it here.  After spending a dismal four years studying sociology in the United States, I can conclude with resounding evidence that the so-called American Dream is, in fact, just a dream. The middle class is shrinking, labor relations across the board are pitiful and we have a thing called the prison industrial complex. As a millennial growing up in one of the worst recessions the “free world” has seen in decades, I have seen my hopes for the future dwindle into just wanting to have enough money to buy groceries without feelings pangs of anxiety, and to perhaps earn that money without feeding into the soul-sucking corporate machine. Honestly, in America, right now it feels like you have to choose between one or the other.   I didn’t really mean to come to Berlin, or to stay here and attempt to gain legal status, but the more time I spend looking around at my current environment, the more I start to wonder if this …

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We Arrived and They Put Us in Prison: In Conversation with a Syrian Refugee

This post was originally published on Berlin Logs. You can find it here.  When I arrived at a bar for drinks a few Fridays ago, one of my friends introduced me to Zain and Waael, two guys about our age – Syrian refugees who were staying with our friends. We chatted, played pool, and eventually got into talking about what was pretty hard to avoid: the crisis in Syria and the way it has affected their lives. Waael emphasized that he wanted to get his story out there, to be heard. Over coffee a couple of days later,  Waael gave his personal account, which, to me, is a story of the human will to keep going. The War Waael Alafandy is from Aleppo City. He is 21 years old. Before the war, he was a bioengineering student and an English teacher, Waael remarks, “each year I do better, I go up.” With the onset of the civil war, however, his family’s savings began to dwindle. Sometimes having to work more than 12 hours a day …