Hello, my name is Noor and I came to Germany all by myself when I was 15 in 2015. It was private reasons and the war that made me leave my family in Afghanistan and make the long journey to Germany. My parents were afraid for me and didn’t want to let me go. The path led me (sometimes alone, sometimes in groups, with and without a smuggler) first to Pakistan and from there to Iran. I was often afraid here, we had no or far to little water and had to constantly hide from the Iranian military, who kept attacking us. But we made it to Turkey and from there by boat to Greece. Here, to, the fear was ever present that the boat might sink. Then we continued by foot on the Balkan route. At some point I arrived in Munich by train. I have never been more scared then when I escaped (the smugglers were paid by my uncle). However if I had known in advance what awaited me upon my escape, I would not have set out. From Munich I came to Berlin to a hostel for unaccompanied minors. Here I immediately started to learn German. I read alot about German history, but also German novels. I am very interested in football and technology and finished fourth in the billiard group championship. My asylum procedure went smoothly and lasted only 20 days. After a six-month German course, I entered a welcome class, and meanwhile I passed the final exam after the 9th regular class. I would like to train as a nurse and am looking for an apartment. Sometimes I worry about my parents, my sister who is still at school and my brother who is studying law. Sometimes I feel very lonely and yet I am glad that I took it all on myself. I am grateful that I can be here and get the chance to learn something. So far I have not had any bad experiences and the people are all very friendly here in Berlin. I find friendliness and punctuality very positive. For me, keeping dogs in the house and especially so many dogs here in the city was negative. But now I got used to it.