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Migration is something that will never stop happening.

When we are fertilized, our home begins with our mother, a few months later we are born where our new homeland will be. During our childhood, we migrated from one classroom to another, from one city to another, from one place to another, we meet new people and new families. With all these movements we become children of the earth, and the earth itself will be our mother.

Those of us who walk on our mother earth, we realize that it is difficult to find ourselves in silence or in contemplation. we have to be in favor of economic and political systems when we do not even understand them. we walk because we feel beaten by what we do not understand, without protection, threatened and flee without a fixed direction, with maps on paper and a blind faith towards new lands, with cultural, physical and spiritual walls.

We learn to climb, create links and plow the soil, where we migrate, but in the end we will only be strangers who walk to d…

Sex and Raising a Human

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By Amy Yurwit
Some of the most startling realizations from the last couple weeks: 
At least among the population of Nigerian women in Fürstenfeldbruck, sex ed is severely lacking. The social workers try to organize workshops because the people receive no training on HIV/AIDS prevention and many women are apparently under the impression that babies grow in the stomach! Interestingly, the government provides tampons but not condoms. There are so, so many pregnant women because 1) people can’t afford, don’t know how, or won’t use condoms 2) are mistaken about Germany having a birthright law like the US (babies born in Germany are not automatically entitled to citizenship) or 3) when one is living in limbo, not allowed to work or even cook, what else is there to occupy your mind other than sex, with physical connection, I imagine, being one of the few attainable comforts in such a grim situation. 
When we explained the evil but prevalent practice of separating women from their children at th…

What Does the Future Hold?

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By, Kendrick Sanchez

Over the course of our journey in Munich I would often converse with random German citizens while on the tram system, throughout the city streets, at refugee camps, and even in the very hotel we stayed at.  To my surprise, what I found disturbing was how there seems to be a shift in the political positioning toward the refugee migration crisis in Munich.  From these conversations, I learned how the German people were quite open to these people in the beginning who were facing incredible challenges and now seeking asylum in Germany.  However, as years have progressed, the attitude has shifted toward a more conservative and less open stance toward these refugees and would promote the idea of deportation.  This political crisis makes me think deeply about some of the relationships I was able to form with several refugees and how they are coming from really bad geopolitical environments but are the nicest people you could ever meet. I wonder what will happen in the nea…
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One big problem here in Germany is complete integration. We have read about this in one of the lectures before we came to Germany and we have seen it and felt it. A lot of the people who volunteer with refugees and immigrants have “play dates” at the place the immigrates or refugees live, they are more than happy to go and hang out with them there, however, they never go out with them. The full integration hasn’t happened yet, I am not sure why? I have an opinion... maybe it is because volunteers want to feel good and they might feel like they are doing charity or community service that once they are done with it they just leave everything behind the door with the immigrants. Maybe they are ashamed of being seemed with them out in the real world.... who knows!
I do think that programs like Buddies for Refugees are very important and need to be implemented everywhere to achieve full integration, volunteers need to be able to spend time with them not only at their homes but also out on…
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I have learned so much about the German immigration and refugee system. I am so lucky that I was able to be place under Monica from In Via supervision. Since the day I met her she provided me with all of the information I needed and answered all of my questions.
I have to say that the German system or fortress is not made of iron, and it might be crumbling down, however, they have helped and have been helping so many people and for that I am grateful. Since the moment the refugees register as asylum seekers they have a roof over their heads, food, and healthcare. After a couple of days maybe weeks they are sent to a container or like I love to say a nicer housing situation. Asylum seekers get a monthly salary, free housing, and more depending on their individual situation. I am not familiar with how the process for asylum seekers is in any other country but I know for sure in Colombia and in The U.S. they don’t even give you housing and will not give you free money. The situation in …

The Pursit of Happiness

As this trip progresses I find myself being surprised by something at nearly every turn. We have been so fortunate as to be included in so many different activities with different people every single day. However there are also many things that have not surprised me at all, though if you had told me I would not find these things surprising I would not have believed it. The evidence of the overwhelming tenacity and resilience of the human spirit continues to grow with each new person I meet, each new story I hear and each new friend I make. 
The past couple of days have been truly singular and special. On Monday we were so lucky as to get to meet refugees from all over the place and speak with them and ask them questions. And every person I spoke to was incredible. From a woman from Eritrea who has literally been through all you can imagine- we’re talking forced marriage, grievous injury, etc. to the young man from Afghanistan who left his home country for reasons I can only guess at an…
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This is in a refugee camp that is located closer to Munich. We learned a lot about the challenges of integrating refugees into the German population. Minor cultural differences are sometimes difficult to teach and identify. Sometimes the differences are small but have a large impact on the integration process. This picture is in a playroom for children staying in the camp.