When Peer Mohammad called me a few weeks ago, I immediately knew that something was wrong. My friend is almost invariably calm and good-humored, but when he called his voice was filled with anxiety. “I got this letter,” he said. “It’s over.” The letter was nothing less than a deportation decree. German authorities had decided to send Peer back to Afghanistan, our war-torn home country.
For the past six years, Peer has lived here in Stuttgart. In 2011, he fled his home in Paktia Province, in eastern Afghanistan, because of worsening violence. He reached Germany after traveling, often by foot, through Iran, Turkey, Greece and the Balkans.… Seguir leyendo »