Hamida and her husband Mohammadi, who stands at her left, are refugees from Afghanistan. They have two young children, an 8-year-old boy and a 3-year-old girl who is very sick. It's been 5 months since they made the 40-day journey through Iran, Turkey, Greece, Macedonia, Slovenia, Croatia, and Austria and arrived in Germany.
They are living at Haus M, LAGeSo's medical center run by Caritas, where the doctors are still trying to diagnose their daughter's illness. As Dari-speaking Afghanis, the language barrier is particularly difficult. Most of the translators available at LAGeSo speak Arabic.
Their dream for Germany, once their daughter gets well and they receive their papers, is to give their children a better life here, one they could not have had in Afghanistan where the Taliban and ISIS continue to make war.
Here, Hamida hopes to work as a hair stylist—something she never would have been allowed to do under the Taliban. Germany may be the family's final destination, but it's clear that this is just the beginning of their new life.