In 1999 Zohre Esmaeli and her family had to leave their native Afghanistan behind and came to Germany. Here she was discovered as a model, but her career came at a price: her family severed all ties with Zohre.
A concert by female singer Aryana Sayeed commemorating Afghanistan's Independence Day stirred a controversy in the war-torn country. The event was eventually cancelled allegedly due to pressure from religious clerics.
Berlin-based Afghan model Zohre Esmaeli initiated a project two years ago aimed at bringing immigrants and Germans together, and promoting understanding of each other's cultures. DW spoke to the model about her project.
Two years ago, tens of thousands of refugees crossed the Austrian border into Germany. DW's Nina Haase and Sumi Somaskanda traveled to the border region and asked if the newcomers feel welcome today.
Closed borders only help traffickers. Germany wants more international cooperation - in Europe and Africa.
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