He values things like mutual respect and honesty and equal rights for women — he was raised to believe that in his Druze community, he says.
But in Germany, the simple fact of his virginity will itself prove to be a divide.
Druze are a minority group in Syria, and in Berlin, the pool is even smaller.Assimilation is a big issue in German politics these days.Her self-funded workshop, Improv Without Borders, gathers weekly to let Europeans and refugees do improvisational theater together.To make sure he wouldn't be sent back to Syria, he reapplied for a refugee visa. But if one thing is harder in peaceful Berlin than in war-torn Syria, it is navigating the lexicon of relationships. He has gone on outings a Facebook group arranged to introduce refugees and locals.It took a while, but his life is finally starting to look less rocky. (It was from that group that he learned about Improv Without Borders.) Last year, he fell into a conversation with a German medical student who asked him for his number, and they even went on one date together to see a soccer match with some of her friends. But the spiral of questions can be even more desperate if you're a foreigner.