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DIALOG PETRA AND MOUSSAB ENGLISH
Between Musaab Haboush and Anna Petra
Riggert on 21 May 2016 during a demonstration in Wandlitz ("Wandlitz Shows
Color Against Right") against a protest of the NPD (National Democratic Party-
far-right ultranationalist party) ("Stop Asylum Abuse...")
Dear Musaab,
Here I stand, I can do no other, so help me God.
Alledeedly, Martin Luther, a big man in our German
history,has said, and changed in his firm conviction the world.
I could also do no other, when I was asked if I want to teach
German language for you and your Syrian friends in Wandlitz
highschool. I said 'yes'. At first, I thought more pragmatically
than euphoric: Who's going to teach you all ?! And finally,
language is the key to the world.
We went to the optician, to the library, the museum, the
doctor, we organized a project at school.
You visited me and my family in our home. We celebrated
Christmas with you and then, afterwards, we could not bring
you back to the “Heim”. We stood there and could do no
other but inviting you to live with us.
I moved with my studyroom into the guest room, you moved
into my studyroom.
In the evening we sit together and talk. About family, about
politics, about traditions in Syria and in Germany, about God
and the world.
We play “ Deutschlandreise” together.
We make music together.
We listen to each other, we are silent with each other.
We read in the Qur'an, we read the Bible together.
Everything strange vanishes, familiarity moved in.
If I had known about you before your escape, I would had
invited you to Germany and would had sent you a ticket,
because your imprisonment and your escape on a boat from
Turkey to Greece seems to me unbearable in retrospective.
What, if I had lost you without ever knowing ?!
So I do not think pragmatically any longer.
I enjoy our life together. I know your history and I know
what expelled you out of your country. You are radiant and
laughing, your humor seems immortal. I am surprised. You
are a gifted man in happiness. You brought sunshine from
Syria. And even the Winter was so long, in my house the sun
was shining and it was warm.
You feel safe in Germany, you told me. I hope you will not be
afraid by the racist slogans of a few not so warm-hearted
residents .
You met unkind, impatient people. Sometimes you are
doubting yourself. You feel lost.
Look at you, what you have already accomplished. You are
very strong.
I believe so strongly in our peaceful coexistence, in the great
love that has brought us together and carries us. I stand here
and I can no other.
Let me know when you are feeling lonely, when you are sad
about losing your homeland, your family and your friends and
when the pictures of the past and the strangeness here
scares you. I want to be there for you.
I am a German. I was lucky enough to be born in a peaceful
country unlike you. I did not choose. Just as you did not
choose the war in your country. And I would like to share this
happiness with you. I can do no other.
Dear Petra,
you started this letter and ended with the words: "I can do no
other."
I understand this sentence very well.
As you know, I was born in Syria, lived a short time there and
then grew up in the Emirates. And I came back to my
homeland, to Syria before the war.
I started my studies and nearly the same time the war began.
I lived for 5 years in Latakia without my family. The war
separated us all, families and friends. My family is spread all
over the world.
And it was not my free choice to leave my country. My life
was in danger.
I do not want to kill. And I will not become killed.
I felt helpless. I have seen a lot of tears that I could not dry.
The war became a civil war, friends became enemies.
The situation got out of hand.
I left my country, I fled.
I have made myself on the search for a safe life.
I went to Turkey because all other ways were closed for me.
And I went across the sea, because it was the only way.
My targets have been to live in safeness without violence and
to finish my studies.
I came to you and I do not know how.
It is as if Allah has sent me to you.
My heart became quiet in your house in your family. I could
not imagine living in a safe house and listen to the birds
singing without listening to the gunfire aiming at me. Even
just listening to the songs of birds. Seeing only the passenger
planes in the sky and not the war machines. To see deer,
swans and ducks and not the army with their weapons.
Everything beautiful has begun here.
Your family has welcomed me as a refugee, as an exchange
student and finally as a part of the family. We share
everything.
With you I forgot the strange in a foreign land.
We share meals, traditions.
You stand with me. At all: when I am afraid, if there are
problems, when I feel lost and lonely.
I love you and you love me.
We have found new names for each other.
We share gifts and songs.
I live here among you.
I belong to you and you belong to me.

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Dialog petra+moussab english

  • 1. DIALOG PETRA AND MOUSSAB ENGLISH Between Musaab Haboush and Anna Petra Riggert on 21 May 2016 during a demonstration in Wandlitz ("Wandlitz Shows Color Against Right") against a protest of the NPD (National Democratic Party- far-right ultranationalist party) ("Stop Asylum Abuse...") Dear Musaab, Here I stand, I can do no other, so help me God. Alledeedly, Martin Luther, a big man in our German history,has said, and changed in his firm conviction the world. I could also do no other, when I was asked if I want to teach German language for you and your Syrian friends in Wandlitz highschool. I said 'yes'. At first, I thought more pragmatically than euphoric: Who's going to teach you all ?! And finally, language is the key to the world. We went to the optician, to the library, the museum, the doctor, we organized a project at school. You visited me and my family in our home. We celebrated Christmas with you and then, afterwards, we could not bring you back to the “Heim”. We stood there and could do no other but inviting you to live with us. I moved with my studyroom into the guest room, you moved into my studyroom. In the evening we sit together and talk. About family, about politics, about traditions in Syria and in Germany, about God and the world. We play “ Deutschlandreise” together. We make music together. We listen to each other, we are silent with each other. We read in the Qur'an, we read the Bible together. Everything strange vanishes, familiarity moved in. If I had known about you before your escape, I would had invited you to Germany and would had sent you a ticket, because your imprisonment and your escape on a boat from Turkey to Greece seems to me unbearable in retrospective. What, if I had lost you without ever knowing ?! So I do not think pragmatically any longer. I enjoy our life together. I know your history and I know what expelled you out of your country. You are radiant and laughing, your humor seems immortal. I am surprised. You are a gifted man in happiness. You brought sunshine from Syria. And even the Winter was so long, in my house the sun was shining and it was warm. You feel safe in Germany, you told me. I hope you will not be afraid by the racist slogans of a few not so warm-hearted residents . You met unkind, impatient people. Sometimes you are doubting yourself. You feel lost. Look at you, what you have already accomplished. You are very strong.
  • 2. I believe so strongly in our peaceful coexistence, in the great love that has brought us together and carries us. I stand here and I can no other. Let me know when you are feeling lonely, when you are sad about losing your homeland, your family and your friends and when the pictures of the past and the strangeness here scares you. I want to be there for you. I am a German. I was lucky enough to be born in a peaceful country unlike you. I did not choose. Just as you did not choose the war in your country. And I would like to share this happiness with you. I can do no other. Dear Petra, you started this letter and ended with the words: "I can do no other." I understand this sentence very well. As you know, I was born in Syria, lived a short time there and then grew up in the Emirates. And I came back to my homeland, to Syria before the war. I started my studies and nearly the same time the war began. I lived for 5 years in Latakia without my family. The war separated us all, families and friends. My family is spread all over the world. And it was not my free choice to leave my country. My life was in danger. I do not want to kill. And I will not become killed. I felt helpless. I have seen a lot of tears that I could not dry. The war became a civil war, friends became enemies. The situation got out of hand. I left my country, I fled. I have made myself on the search for a safe life. I went to Turkey because all other ways were closed for me. And I went across the sea, because it was the only way. My targets have been to live in safeness without violence and to finish my studies. I came to you and I do not know how. It is as if Allah has sent me to you. My heart became quiet in your house in your family. I could not imagine living in a safe house and listen to the birds singing without listening to the gunfire aiming at me. Even just listening to the songs of birds. Seeing only the passenger planes in the sky and not the war machines. To see deer, swans and ducks and not the army with their weapons. Everything beautiful has begun here. Your family has welcomed me as a refugee, as an exchange student and finally as a part of the family. We share everything. With you I forgot the strange in a foreign land. We share meals, traditions. You stand with me. At all: when I am afraid, if there are problems, when I feel lost and lonely.
  • 3. I love you and you love me. We have found new names for each other. We share gifts and songs. I live here among you. I belong to you and you belong to me.