Melou Garabett from Syria
“A refugee who works is no longer a refugee; instead, he’s a colleague.”
“I’ve experienced a lot. I was exposed to bombs and my life was in jeopardy twice in Aleppo. But that no longer plays a role. Now, we all have to find our places in work, training, or study,”
says Melou Garabett. In only two years in Germany, he has already accomplished a great deal. He is fluent in German, has completed multiple internships, and is now preparing for a German examination, which he needs in order to study at a German university, with a scholarship from the Otto Benecke Foundation. Dedicated volunteers supported him the most at the beginning of his time in Germany, he says. Now, he volunteers to help refugees as a translator at administrative meetings and describes his own experience to newly arrived resettlement refugees at informational exchange meetings, through the “resettlement.de” project.