Semhar – IOM

“I have a set of coffee cups from Eritrea in my kitchen – I drink my espresso from them every day.”

“My name is Semhar Abraham, I’m 27-years-old and from Kassel. I recently received my graduate degree in business law.”

“My father is from Ethiopia and my mom is from Eritrea. In 1993 I arrived in Germany at the age of 5 and I have been living in Berlin for almost 5 years.”

“I feel German, but at the same time also Ethiopian and Eritrean. The fact that you can see I’m from somewhere else sometimes causes problems. People don’t treat you like a German, but like a migrant. However, those are isolated cases.”

“Fortunately, I have rarely had bad experiences with racism. My philosophy is to ignore racist comments. I think you give them additional power if you pay too much attention to them.”