One year ago our friends Gzim (16) and Ramis Berisha (13) were taken from us. In december 2015 the two young brothers were picked up by police officers at five o'clock in the morning and deported to Kosovo together with their parents and younger siblings. This happened although Gzim and Ramis were born in Germany, went to school here, engaged in youth work and wanted to build their future here.
First the family found shelter in a refugee home in Prishtina, where they had to live with 8 persons on 20 m2. They literally have been left with nothing. They had no money, and few clothes because they were only allowed to take few things with them. They also did not receive any support for arriving and orienting themselves there.
Also after one year the brothers and their familiy lack in Kosovo everything that makes a dignified life. They moved to Peć since then, where they have a flat for themselves at least. But there is no future for them in Kosovo. Since his forced stay in Kosovo Gzim cannot go to school. He has to work to provide for his family. Because he speaks German as mother tongue, he can work full time at a callcenter, which addresses clients in Germany. With this job he earns 250 € per month – just enough to pay the rent for the apartment of the family.
Gzim and Ramis find themselves in the same situation as most Roma who are deported to Kosovo. For them the life situation in Kosovo is particularly catastrophic: there is a lack of medical care and access to education. To find a job is almost impossible for Roma, the unemployment rate among the Roma population is between 95% and 100% in Kosovo. They have to live in needy accommodation, because their houses have either been destroyed in the war or are claimed by the remaining locals. Due to the historically grown racism against Roma, they are exposed to defamation, hostility and assaults every day. To build up a decent life in Kosovo as a Romani person is almost impossible. This fact makes clear, that Kosovo is not at all a so called “safe country of origin” – as the German governments claims since 2015.
Gzim and Ramis still want to do everything to come back to Germany. Meanwhile arose a chance for Gzim and Ramis to return back home. For that they need financial support – to pay for lawyers and to overcome bureaucratic hurdles.
Help us to give Gzim and Ramis a chance to return to their lives! Help us give the two of them the strength to continue their struggle and fight for their future!