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Taha from Iraq

A man looking out of a window

50 years old, works in a library

Came to Germany 22 years ago

"I began writing 30 years ago. There was no freedom of the press at home, so I had to write secretly and couldn’t publish anything I wrote. You couldn’t criticise the system or have your own opinion. In Germany, I can express my opinions openly and will soon be launching my own blog. I am free to say or write what I want. It says so in the constitution ("Grundgesetz"). You also have a free vote. A German chancellor has to go when he or she doesn’t get enough votes. Even the president can’t stay in office for ever. The Grundgesetz is a wonderful thing and it’s a wonderful thing that we have it in Germany."