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COSMO – Wir sind die Neuen: Akram – the Syrian Santa Claus

Nomination 2019
European CIVIS Radio Prize – short programmes

Author:Jennifer von Massow
Editorial:Samuel Acker, Imke Marggraf

Escaping from Syria and Christmas – how well does that work together? For Akram it is clear: it’s fine! The 21-year-old escaped Damascus five years ago and came to Wuppertal. Now he is playing Santa Claus for one evening for a group of children. But how does Akram deal with a child suddenly calling him “Kanake” (derogatory term for a foreigner)? The report portrays how Akram experiences the evening. WIR SIND DIE NEUEN (we are new here) is a series of weekly short reports about the everyday life of refugees in Germany. The protagonists also get a chance to speak – with their strengths and weaknesses.

Excerpt from the jury’s statement
Entertaining, humorous – a great way to get to the heart of the integrative challenge.


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