Twelve-year-old Assrien arrived from Al-Malikiyah in northeastern Syria five months ago, but today she chatters away in German.
Assrien plays soccer with German children on a makeshift field at a community event in Berlin’s Reinickendorf district. There are live performances, children’s activities, and food stalls designed to bring together refugees and locals to promote friendliness between the groups.
As far as Vinod Hegde is concerned, Indian prime minister candidate Narendra Modi bears no responsibility for the 2002 Gujarat riots. More to the point, Hegde doesn’t care.
Hegde, a 26-year-old stockbroker in Bangalore, said that for people like him, the Gujarat chief minister is the only choice to lead India after countrywide parliamentary elections that began this week.