“My name is Yousef and I am from Tehran in Iran. I caught the flu a few days ago because I have no jacket. At first, I didn’t want to see the doctor here at LaGeSo. I was afraid to take time away from the doctors that somebody else could need more than me but now its gotten too bad.

I’ve been away from home for many years now. As a Christian, I was in constant danger in Iran. After I left Tehran, I lived in Turkey. I haven’t seen my family in 4 years. It depresses me. You ask me how I feel? – I feel anxious. I am restless inside. It’s so sad to see the many helpless people here at LaGeSo.

I feel good when I can help people. The other day I was able to translate between a family and one of the security staff. That was a wonderful feeling. I really want to learn German and continue to try to help others.

What do I like about Germany? You feel a sense of security, freedom and that no one tries interfering with your daily life.”