Special concert held for refugees in Berlin to erase 'painful memories' of homeland

Some 2,000 refugees and social workers gathered in Berlin's prestigious Philharmoniker concert hall for a special concert featuring classical directors Simon Rattle, Daniel Barenboim and Ivan Fischer.

Maysara, a refugee from Syria, says: "Some people they don't speak English, some people don't speak Arabic, some people don't speak Deutsch, but now they are all communicating with one language, this is the music."

Screengrab of the video by AFP.

Screengrab of the video by AFP.

It was a life time experience for another refugee Maurice, who hails from Cameroon. "For me it's the first time, I never attended a concert, and also never entered such a big concert hall…" he sums up.

Ivan Fischer, conductor of the Konzerthaus of Berlin wondered: "If we really want to come back to the old Europe? Where nations turn against nations, religions against religions, and where colonies were exploited?"

"No, we don't want that. What we see is a beautiful transformation. A new, tolerant Europe is being born."

AFP


Updated Date: Mar 02, 2016 15:06 PM

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