It all started with not owning washing machine. Now Lara works as a barista at the Innovation Point in Bonn, a laundromat that offers much more than just clean cloths. Katya Kryzhanouskaya had a closer look and knows more about the social responsibility of Lara’s position.
What defines a real Christian? Linda Kreisz is a young girl with dreadlocks and hip clothes – and a member of the so-called Jesus Freaks, an alternative group of Christians. Tianlin Xu has the details on what is so special about them and why Linda enjoys being part of this group.
For a foreigner to get a job in Germany “you have to be excellent… better than the Germans” says Kebede Habebo. From his perspective, immigrants are still being discriminated when it comes to finding a job in their area of qualification. Ziggi Song looked at the gap between the legal basis and reality – and a possible way out.
Lena Simanjuntak, a female Indonesian artist, leaves her home and family in Germany regularly to fight for the empowerment of marginalized women in Indonesia. She focuses on theater as a way to talk about problems in society. Verlyana Hitipeuw found out in which ways this helps to take on serious social problems.
We all go shopping, preferably when it’s cheap. But what impact do the low prices have for those producing the goods we buy? Frauke Hankamer, member of Amnesty International, cares about the people behind the products. She tries to raise awareness for the conditions they have to live in. Farhana von Mitzlaff talked to her about her activities.
In 2006 the German state banned headscarves in public schools. As a consequence the career possibilities of Muslim women are now strongly limited not only in public positions, says Hülya Dogan, a Bonn city council member. Arti Ekawati talked to her and found out more about the situation.
Antonia appears no different from her classmates at first sight. But a handicap makes her life more difficult and causes her to fall behind in school. Anna Appelrath interviewed her parents to find out that equal rights for education don’t always apply as they should.
“I might be sick, but I’m stronger than it” says Angelika Landes. She works at the fairstore in the Nippes area of Cologne after a long illness and loves going there every day. Christine Rohrer has visited her and reports about why Angelika thinks that fighting for the right to work is worth it.
As a former truck driver Paul Döpner spent most of his time alone on the road. When he had to switch jobs after an accident, he found a great match in leading a group of disabled workers in an electronics workshop in Bonn. Eira Martens found out why his new position surprised even his own daughters.
Abdus Samad Sharkar is a member of the Bihari Community. In his home country of Bangladesh he is treated as a second class citizen. Farzana Kabir Khan reports on his voyage to Germany and the problems he is facing here as an asylum seeker.
When he closes his shop in the evening Nicolai Backhaus, owner of the fair trade shop Contigo goes home with a good feeling. Anne Ndungu has the background story about his philosophy of life.
Violence and hunger turn millions of people around the globe into refugees. Many are doctors, professors or other highly trained professionals. Francis da Rosa Franca reports on the difficulties they face while trying to start a new life in Germany.
On May 1st Berlin, the capital of Germany, has two different faces to offer. Traditionally the day is used by trade unionists for their demonstrations in favour of fare wages, good work and social security. While on the other hand young people take the streets to demand change, marching against repression and exploitation. Sonya Diehn reports from both events, talking to people and catching the live atmosphere.
When his employer became insolvent, he lost his job, car and appartment and was out on the street, homeless. Now Garry opens the door for people wishing to enter the Bonner Münster – and gets a few coins in return. Volha Danishevich has accompanied this inconspicuous man and found out more about the difficulties of returning to his previous life.
Mohammed Hagi ist ein hochqualifizierter Flüchtling aus Somalia – und doch arbeitet er nur in Hilfsjobs. Wie lebt man ohne Arbeitserlaubnis und mit den Erinnerungen an die kriegsgeschüttelte Heimat? Francis França hat den Arzt und ehemaligen Soldaten besucht.
“Es kommt auf die eigene Einstellung an”, sagt Angelika Landes, die nach einer Krebserkrankung wieder mühsam Fuß auf dem Arbeitsmarkt fassen konnte. Im Kölner fairstore erzählt sie Christine Rohrer, was sie an ihrer dortigen Arbeit so liebt.
Atif Tauqeer and Helen Mendes peek behind the scenes of an international play in Bonn that focuses on the tense relationship between Pakistan and India – and the horrifying impact on its respective people.
The 21st century has brought a new battleground: The virtual space. Annie Zaman and Myles Tweedie examine the role social media and web activism played in the Iranian democratization movement.
Roma-Flüchtlinge, die in den Kosovo abgeschoben werden sollen, müssen dort um ihr Leben fürchten. Katsairyna Kryzhanouskaya und Naim Zeqiri sprechen mit Betroffenen und einer lokalen Initiative, die sich für den Schutz der Minderheit einsetzt.
Herr Heger spielt am liebsten Bach auf dem Klavier, singt im Chor und arbeitet in der Wortdokumentation der Deutschen Welle. Er hat sich als blind geborener Strategien und einen unerschütterlichen Willen entwickelt, um selbstbestimmt zu leben. Tianlin Xu und Gemechu Bekele haben ihn durch seinen Tag begleitet.
Eira Martens und Anne Ndung’u lassen sich von Niklas Zypries zwischen Straßentheater und Unterschriftenaktion erläutern, wie die Arbeit in einer Amnesty-Jugendgruppe aussieht – und was die Schüler zu ihrem Engagement bewegt.
Fast jeder deutsche Schüler kennt dünnen Heftchen “zur politischen Bildung” aus dem Unterricht. Veve Hitipeuw und Ziggi Song haben in der Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung nachgefragt, wie man Kindern Menschenrechte vermitteln kann.
Gegen die Isolation: Der Autor und Musiker Hans Ratz fährt quer durch Deutschland und besucht Flüchtlingsheime und ihre Bewohner. Seine Eindrücke webt er abends in sein Konzertprogramm ein. Arti Ekawati und Christine Rohrer haben ihn begleitet.
“Er ist eine solche Bereicherung für mein Leben”, sagt die ehrenamtliche Flüchtlings-Betreuerin Maya über ihren 76-jährigen Schützling aus Eritrea. Was die beiden teilen und unternehmen, hat sie Anna Appelrath und Farhana von Mitzlaff erzählt.