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Layla left Ethiopia 10 years ago to look for work opportunities. She left behind a father and three brothers. She went to Syria on a three-year work contract. She worked in a house and learned Arabic. She then went to Turkey by boat and then went on to Greece for 5 years. She worked and learned the Greek language. When she became pregnant she had to stop working. She travelled to Serbia to Macedonia to Austria all on foot. Then the Red Cross moved Layla and her daughter to Giessen, Germany where a roommate periodically beat her baby. Seeking safety and security, Layla moved to Frankfurt and lived in a small hotel without even a kitchen. The mattress there was very dirty and made her sick with allergies. She was transferred to a gymnasium. At that time she was pregnant with her second daughter. A man brought her to the women’s shelter because the gym was crowded and felt unsafe. To ensure her daughter was fed, she traveled 50 minutes each way, twice a day (almost two hours) to take her daughter to kindergarten. All Layla seeks is peace of mind that her own home can give and for her children to attend school. She wants to work, rest, and be accepted in Germany.
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