Dawit Weldaab from Eritrea
“I don’t want to always need help.”
Dawit Weldaab entered Germany in 2012 through the resettlement program. The 29-year-old was born in Eritrea and lived in Ethiopia with his family for several years. As an Eritrean citizen, he did not receive a regular residence permit. Dawit could only go to school limitedly and later had difficulty finding work as a car mechanic.
“In Ethiopia, I was a second class person.”
In 2007, he went to Sudan. As a Christian, he had many problems there as well. He continued traveling and reached Libya. Due to the civil war there, he fled to Tunisia in 2011. He lived there for one and a half years with roughly five to seven thousand people in the Choucha refugee camp. In this camp, there was a great deal of conflict between different nationalities, it was very hot, and there were also snakes; all of these things made life there very difficult. In Choucha, he was able to register for the German resettlement program through UNHCR, and he entered Germany in September 2012.