Neue Nachbarn In Schönwalde

More than 400 refugees from the Middle East and Africa have found shelter in a small town in Brandenburg. Most of them are Muslims and rarely had peaceful contact with Christians. Many residents have joined together in the initiative "Neue Nachbarn in Schönwalde" (New Neighbours in Schönwalde). They try to get people used to the new environment. This includes games, German lessons and a visit to the local church. Here, common worship and concerts are often celebrated.

More than 400 refugees from the Middle East and Africa have found shelter in a small town in Brandenburg. Here: the first Christmas celebration for new refugees. For many Muslims it is their first contact with Christian customs.By Rainer Steussloff
Christmas celebration for new refugees. For many Muslims it is their first contact with Christian customs. Two Afghan girls with their grandfather and their first gifts.By Rainer Steussloff
German lessons for Muslim women. By Rainer Steussloff
German lessons for Muslim women: learning colours.By Rainer Steussloff
Young Pakistani men looking at a Christian cross with Jesus in the Museum of German History.By Rainer Steussloff
Activity games with boys and girls from Afghanistan and Iran.By Rainer Steussloff
Activity games with young men from Afghanistan and Iran.By Rainer Steussloff
Activity games with young men from Afghanistan and Iran.By Rainer Steussloff
Activity games with young men from Afghanistan and Iran.By Rainer Steussloff
Muslim girls visit a Christian church for the first time.By Rainer Steussloff
A joint concert with Muslims and Christians in a church.By Rainer Steussloff
Joint concert with Muslims and Christians in a church, including an clown from Iran. By Rainer Steussloff

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