Day 9: Dornach

Saturday, 03.10.2015 Actually, this weekend should have passed calmly. On Friday, no one was expected and Sunday was even declared a day of rest. Surprisingly, however, in the afternoon the message came that buses were still to be expected. Thus, I got on my way and was at the accommodation facilities from 6:30 p.m. until … Weiterlesen

Day 8: Central Bus Station

Sunday, 27. Sep 2015 Yesterday evening I was at the central bus station from 8pm until midnight working both as a volunteer helper and an Arabic translator. I only had a few smaller encounters. There were also a large number of Afghanis around, with whom I cannot converse as their language is different. First encounter … Weiterlesen

Day 6: Dornach

Monday, 21.09.2015 Actually, the refugees should have left Dornach yesterday. Apparently, a lack of busses was the reason why a portion of those present remained at the shelter. I called to find out what was missing food wise, and made my way to the Arabian food store in my neighborhood of Pasing. There I wanted … Weiterlesen

Day 5: Dornach

  Thursday, 17.09.2015 Yesterday I went to the Johanniter emergency shelter in Dornach for the first time. I was there from 8 p.m. until 1 a.m. and helped to translate, there were several situations that arose. Situation 1 A young man of about 25 from Damascus comes to me and needs help with his SIM … Weiterlesen

Day 4: Messestadt (Munich Trade Fair)

September 15, 2015 The borders have been closed. Hardly any refugees are arriving. However, I still went to the Exhibition center yesterday and stayed there from 11 p.m. until 5 a.m. There were about 250 guests at the facility. I had some more conversations and made notes. Encounter 1 Three 17-year-olds are being looked after … Weiterlesen

Day 3: Main Station

I actually wanted to go to the exhibition center (Messestadt) yesterday. However, there was a call for blankets, sleeping bags and insulated mats at the main station, so I decided to take over 2 sleeping bags that I’ve never really used. The situation at the main station was dramatic, so I decided to stay. A … Weiterlesen


I am overwhelmed by the reactions to my impressions of the situation with the incoming refugees. I see this not only as encouragement to continue, but also as an expression of sincere interest in the people who are arriving here and their stories. In this post I would like to clarify a few points. Actually, … Weiterlesen