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Iraqi Brothers Explain How Berlin GAA Club Made Them Feel Welcome In New Home

Iraqi Brothers Explain How Berlin GAA Club Made Them Feel Welcome In New Home

Ahmed and Amjad Alsamaraie, two brothers from Iraq, immigrated to Germany in search of a better life. What they didn't expect to find was a welcoming community - and a new sport - at Berlin GAA Club.

When they initially saw the sport being played by the members of the local Gaelic club, they were intrigued.

Speaking outside the Brandenburg Gate, Ahmed discussed just how important the team is to him;

"Berlin GAA are really important because I'm a refugee and don't have too many friends.  I think these are new friends and we enjoy every training. My family are in Iraq - I have just my brother - so I'm happy with Berlin GAA.

I think the Irish are friendly people. All the players smile, say hello and teach me. It's amazing."

Amjad expressed his disbelief at coming from war-torn Iraq to Germany, while playing an Irish sport;

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"I didn't imagine myself playing soccer, hurling or gaelic football.  So that's amazing."

 

Darren Holland

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