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“An actress or something”: Selfie refugee in 2015 did not know who was standing next to him

September 11, 2021 11:21 AM

The Syrian refugee, whose photo went around the world with German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the height of the refugee crisis in 2015, did not know at the time who he was being photographed with. That comes from an interview the man had with him. Here-Magazin Attention emerged.

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In the conversation, the Syrian Anas Modamani answered the question about the creation of the painting that he had just raised in his refugee house in Berlin-Spandau and wanted to go shopping when he noticed the bustle in front of the entrance:

Then a black car arrived. A woman came out and reached the main entrance. There I stopped and saw that many photographers wanted a photo of her. I thought it was a well-known woman, an actress or something like that. I have to take a selfie with her and then I’ll find out who she is. “

Down he managed to get closer to her:

“I had the opportunity to take a selfie because I was standing by the main entrance and she let me go towards her even though her security men wanted to push me back. I hugged her, she smiled. It took about three seconds. It was a wonderful moment. “

Only at night did he learn that the “known woman” was Merkel. Later, the photo helped him with his integration. According to Modamani, he is now very well integrated and “very happy for the life I have here in Germany.” The image also hurt him, he was often abused, especially by the AfD, and he sued Facebook for it.

In the interview, which was very kind to Merkel, the Syrian once again praised the chancellor’s refugee policy:

“Millisecond. Merkel is the strongest woman in Europe and I will be grateful to her for the rest of my life because she saved my life. She gave me a new opportunity in my life to stay here in Germany and thus made the best decision.”

The refugee expressed understanding for Merkel’s withdrawal from the government office. As a woman, she “worked as hard as 10 men” and, in her opinion, is kept awake at night by the “many problems in Germany”:

“All these years, giving speeches early in the morning, arguing late into the night. People need to be quiet from time to time. “

When asked about his expectations for the post-election period, the Syrian expressed concern about a more restrictive refugee policy. He hoped that “Germany will always support people who need help, like the people of Afghanistan now.” He advised Merkel’s successor to focus on “the real problems people are facing”: “Workers who work for a low minimum wage or those who live in nursing homes are often forgotten.”

More about the subject – The ambiguity of immigration policy

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