Photo. Visitors at the opening of the exhibition, 'Drawings by Refugee Children,' August 29, 1953
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Nach der Flucht. Leben im Übergangswohnheim Marienfelder Allee

After the escape. Life in the residential home Marienfelder Allee

The Marienfelde Refugee Center Museum formed together with the International Coalition which pursues a residential home for asylum-seekers at Marienfelder Allee, from the 24th of October 2012 in a 2-month change new elements of its permanent exhibition. Under the heading "After the escape. Life in the residential home Marienfelder Allee" were presented in each case a videointerview with a family living here as well as an object which has special personal meaning to them. Films and exhibits told exemplarily about the experiences of the refugees in the homeland, their Berlin everyday life and their future hopes.

portrait family Ghodoussi
Family Ghodoussi from Afghanistan – Ruhala Ghodoussi (48) and Marie Ghodoussi Walizadeh (42) have no memories of Afghanistan. In the country controlled by Taliban they lived in fear and insecurity. In 1997 they fled with their children Shafiolah (15) and Mozhda (14) in the neighbouring country Iran where Kobra (12), Rafiullah (9) and Younes (5) were born. In September 2011 Marie Ghodoussi Walizadeh, Kobra and Younes reached Germany, Mozhda and Shafiolah followed. Ruhala Ghodoussi and Rafiullah came in April 2012 within the scope of a family reunification. In the residential home the family is the first time unified after more than three years of separation. They have made an application for asylum. In the exhibition a photo of the father Ruhala Ghodoussi is shown. It was taken in Afghanistan – few months, before he was shot.
Exhibition period: 5/14/2013-16/07/2013

Portrait Ahmad Barakizadeh
Ahmad Barakizadeh from Iran – Mr. Barakizadeh (42) is an artist and taught in the art institute of the university of Teheran. The rules and bans of the Islamic government limited his teaching strongly. He handled them by meeting students, colleagues and other artists in his studio where he also made political caricatures and nude paintings. Any minute he had to reckon with an arrest. Finally, he felt constrained to leave Iran. Since October 2011 he lives in the residential home; his application for asylum was July 2012 officially accepted. A caricature and a paintbrush are shown which Ahmad Barakizadeh has brought from Iran.
Exhibition period: 3/12/2013-12/05/2013

Portrait Familie Tello aus Syrien
Family Tello from Syria – The family lived from April to June 2012 in the residential home. It was brought on endeavours of the Foreign Office to Germany. In Syria Fawaz Tello (52) belonged to a group of members of the opposition against the government of Baschar al-Assad; in 2001 he was arrested on account of his participation in the „Damaszener spring“. During the five-year-imprisonment of her husband Rafeef Ahmed (45) cared for her three children Jihad (20), Leen (18) and Nawar (12). The Syrian Secret Service observed and threatened the family. When Family Tello felt in view of the danger of a renewed arrest of the father they decided to leave the country. They received a three-year residence permit. The members of the family have the wish to return as soon as possible to Syria and to take part in the construction of a democracy. In the exhibition the front door key is shown. It is the symbol for the quick return in the native country for them.
Exhibition period: 1/8/2013-10/03/2013

portrait of Family Gedaev
Family Gedaev from Chechnya – The family lives since October 2011 in the residential home. Usman Gedaev (47) and Luisa Muslimova (41) have fled with her four children Apti (19), Aischat (17), Abu (14) and Ayub (11) from Chechnya. In their native country they tried to master the difficult conditions after the war. Usman Gedaev tried daily to find work and took over the care of the children; to protect the living, his wife Luisa Muslimova sold vegetables on the bazaar. Apti had almost concluded an education when they left the country. Aischat, Abu and Ayub visited the school which they continue now in Germany. The asylum application of the family was rejected. A lawyer obtained a lengthening of her stay. The "Papacha" of Usman Gedaev is shown in the exhibition. He has brought the traditional headgear of Karakulsheep wool from Chechnya.
Exhibition period: 10/25/2012 – 1/6/2013

Foto: Family Gedaev, family Tello, Ahmad Barakizadeh, family Ghodoussi © ENM - Isabel Alvarez