Befriending Loneliness in Berlin
"I’ve decided to interpret my loneliness as a friend, reminding us of our place lest we get too carried away within our tiny constructed worlds."
‘Pakistan Zindabad’: a story of nationalism
GSBTB Communications Assistant Abeera Atif shares personal reflections on growing up in a nationalist country and the alienation this can cause.
Syrian girl, student, metalhead
Laya (18) writes about the Middle East’s metal scene and what being a metalhead means to her.
Syrisches Mädchen, Schülerin, Metalhead
Laya* (18) schreibt über die Metal-Szene des Mittleren Ostens und was es für sie bedeutet, ein Metalhead zu sein.
“Happy three years’ anniversary to me: of leaving Syria and arriving in Berlin”
A neighbourhood basketball match gets Wael Alafandi reflecting on the last three years.
Iran’s nuclear deal, sanctions and hope
Long-time GSBTB volunteer Sanaz Azimi reflects on Iran's nuclear deal and the sanctions her fellow Iranians live under.
Reflections on Germany’s election results
Some personal reflections shared by GSBTB team member Hania Hakiel after the results of the 2017 German election.
Afraid of terrorism? A Tempelhof case study on how NOT to make democratic citizens out of refugees
What could have been a positive opportunity for the residents' empowerment turned into a painful example of how they feel stereotyped and pushed around by the authorities.
Petition from Tempelhof refugee shelter residents regarding the Container Village
An open letter and petition from the residents on the growing container village on Tempelhofer Feld, which is expected to become their home later this year.
Tempelhof’s Little Zoo
Mice, rats, birds and a single goldfish, all living in Tempelhof refugee shelter. "What hurts me the most is that the people responsible for the camp think that living in a disgusting and dirty room is normal in our culture."
One year in Berlin
A Syrian woman shares diary entries from her first year in Berlin.
Refugees the easy scapegoats in Berlin attack
Although we are yet to find out who was responsible for Monday night’s horrific attack on the Breitscheidplatz Christmas market in Berlin, some German politicians are already giving ISIS exactly what it wants.