People helping people on the move

Spent a few hours with ZOB Angels, a volunteer group stationed at Zentrale Omnibus Bahnhof. Many of them are recent refugees who work as translators to facilitate communication with new arrivals. The volunteers tour the bus station, and when they see people who look like they could be refugees approach them, offer them a smile (as Maher put it) and let them know that they are there to assist them with food, clothes, a warm place to rest and a hug, if they need it (as Maher put it). Maher, born to Palestinian refugee parents in Syria, was on the road himself for 30 days before reaching Europe. Hani, another Palestinian whose parents were refugees in Syria, has been in Germany for almost a year. Ahmed, also Syrian, arrived in Munich 5 months ago. He comes to ZOB every night to help other refugees. But the flow of refugees has stopped since the borders were closed 2 weeks ago. People who are stopping at ZOB Angels station for a warm meal and some extra clothes now are mostly the homeless, and Munich has a lot of them. Iqbal Baqir, who came from Afghanistan in 2013, works for the Red Cross and coordinates the station.

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