Conversation with Ali* is free and relaxed. He is well-spoken, thoughtful, and naturally curious. Within the course of a conversation we cover many topics, from his life in Pakistan as a child to our favorite songs or afternoon hikes. Ali has found a close friend in an unlikely person - an 87 year old woman with a small farm. He talks about helping her with her chores, taking care of her cows, and sometimes cooking for her. He says she is his closest German friend and is deeply grateful for her friendship. “She is alone but I make her laugh and she always gives me time. I don't see young generation and there is no more word than a hello. We are in a village [in the countryside] and all the cows know me too. [The younger generation] is in the city because of school.”
Ali himself is always giving time. He has worked to become a liaison between German locals and the refugee men in his house by serving as translator for medical needs and getting the other men in his house involved in the community.
“I have joined an event with the help of a German lady and I have brought all the guys around me, gave them candles and flowers and we went to the Catholic Church. There I have done a small speech and gave condolences to German people about the happenings of Paris.”
Sayed Ali is a 27 year old refugee from Karachi, Pakistan. Stay tuned to hear Sayed Ali's amazing journey unfold. You can read Chapter 1 of his story here.
*Name has been changed to protect his identity