Ostheim is town near the city of Kassel in Hesse state in Germany. At the moment this small town has received 15 syrian refugees, housed in two apartments.
Ostheim has not more than 30 houses and most of its population is over 40 years old, the town has 1 bus stop, no restaurants, bars or social spaces in the small area of Ostheim.
Yazan is a 23-year-old Syrian refugee that is in the process of registration and asylum in Germany. He crossed from Turkey, where he was living when he fled Syria, crossed the Aegean Sea to Greece, there he began his journey through Macedonia, Serbia, Croatia, Hungary, Slovenia, Austria and finally to Germany. After spending 2 months in emergency camps in Germany he was relocated to an apartment that he shares with 6 more Syrian refugees among them a woman and child.
Born and raised in Damascus, attended to courses of English. When the civil uprising began, he was drafted to the Syrian Army and defected to opposition areas in Aleppo. He begun working with some media activist in the city, and worked with foreign journalist on the ground.
Yazan left Syria to Turkey as many civil activists, when radical Islamist groups begin operating and taking control of Aleppo. He says his long hair, tattoos and taste for rock music began to be a problem.
Most of the days are spent in the smart phones talking to his family and friend who are scattered in Germany and some still in Syria.
The German government gives Yazan €270 for expenses, until his asylum process is completed and he can have a job. The apartment and services are covered, but one of Yazan concerns is the transport fees to Kassel the nearest city.
Going to Kassel from Ostheim requires, a bus and a train, the language barrier often becomes an obstacle to get around.
In Kassel Centrum, a large number of migrants and refugees have established commerce and social gathering places. Yazan often seeks for products from Arabic products like this Lebanese store.
Not only for food, but to avoid the isolation he feels in Ostheim, he likes to walk just in the centrum of Kassel.
Many migrants and refugees from diverse countries are often seen in Kassel centrum areas.
Yazan, 23, is the oldest of the person leaving in the apartment; he is in charge of cooking. Meals and eating is an important aspect of Syrians. The other people in the apartment divide the different chores.
Most of the people leaving with Yazan have low levels or English and none of German. News channels in Arabic are turned on. In the screen, Al-Assad is shown in an appearance.
Some of the other residents of the apartment arrive late at night; many have family and friends in other places in Germany and visit them often.
The public transport makes able the movement of people to meet friends and family around Germany.
Marwa is a 21 year old; she made the trip with Yazan through Europe, and arrived with him to Germany. She is still in an Emergency Camp in Wesel waiting for registration and transfer to a temporary house or apartment.
Due to restriction in different camps, people in emergency camps are no allowed to leave a certain area, and are asked to return every night to the camp. Time and resources are limited for visiting friends and family.
Yazan waits in the only bus station of Ostheim for a trip to the city.
Yazan have found that the majority of Germans are helpful and he is eager to begin creating relations with Germans, his trips to cities often serve as moments he can socialize with locals.
Yazan still has to wait, an undetermined time in Ostheim, until his asylum process is completing, and he will be able to find a job, study and move to another place.