Hoping for a life after survival
Worldwide, the number of refugees under 18 is unprecedented. In 2015, Germany alone took in over thiry thousand. They arrive on their own, their families left behind or lost. These are brave young people with strong personalities – but they are deeply traumatised; they have lived through great upheavals and survived horrific experiences. For now they’re just happy to have found a place of safety.
Ali has been orphaned by Ebola; Safi and Sami would never have left home in Afghanistan if their family hadn’t been terrorized and slaughtered by Islamists. Others were child soldiers or forced to marry against their will, many simply wanted to escape from war and violence in a society that held no future for them. Young children of both genders fled from Syria, Iran, and Afghanistan, from Chechnya, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Guinea and the Ivory Coast.
The stories in this book detail the causes of their flight and describe their escape routes, as well as the political backgrounds of the countries they were so desperate to flee. Many of these displaced children will become part of our society. We need to know who they are.
• the individual destinies behind the headlines and statistics
• a key contribution to the current debate on refugees and migrants