NADJA WOHLLEBEN is an independent photojournalist and documentary photographer based in Berlin, Germany. In her work, she focusses on stories of resilience in the feminine human landscape. Nadja is specifically interested in stories about...
Asra, Yasir and Modasir Karimi, Afghan refugees, for Defence for Children Netherlands
Afghan refugees Asra (R), 10, and her brothers Yasir (8) and Modasir (7), pictured on a playground close to the refugee shelter in Berlin Pankow, where the Karimi family found shelter. Berlin, Germany, June 16, 2022. “We walked for almost three hours in the pouring rain through a pitch-dark forest. We didn't know if we were walking right and kept tripping over tree stumps. I had two of our children on my back, my wife carried our youngest. They couldn't stop crying.", recounts their father Mr. Karimi (not pictured here) about their refuge to Germany. Over 30.000 refugees from Afghanistan applied for asylum in Germany in 2022.
Kateryna, 23, student from Ukraine: “I fight for Ukraine to remain a free country. My whole family lives there. My parents, my aunts and my cousins have fled Kiev immediately on 24th February. They own a house in the countryside. I think they are relatively safe there. I wish for the Russian people to fight against their government and take it down. Freedom is not for free. I know that many people have been arrested during demonstrations in Moscow. But it is not enough. It is terrible that we must be afraid for our families lives now.” Berlin, Germany, 27. February, 2022.
Marina, 59, portrayed inside her 'Housing First' flat in Berlin Gesundbrunnen, Germany, January 18, 2022.
Housing First is an approach that offers permanent, affordable housing to homeless people and then supports them in various ways to keep their housing and avoid going back to homelessness. Other than traditional approaches, this alternate system of emergency shelter is based on the concept that the primary need of any homeless individual is to obtain housing, and that other issues like alcoholism should be addressed once the housing is acquired. Marina Meyer, 59, was homeless for ten years. She recently found an apartment through Housing First.
Marina (M), and her daughters Margerita (R), und Xenia (L), Ukrainian refugees, for NZZ - Neue Zuercher Zeitung
Ukrainian refugee Marina (centre), 34, and her daughters Margerita (R), 14, und Xenia (L), 12, portrayed inside their temporary hotel shelter room in Berlin, Germany, March 02, 2022, shortly after their arrival. Marina says they are happy to have arrived safely in Berlin. They were overwhelmed by the helpfulness of the Poles and the Germans.