Ahmed and Rahid (by Nancy Chapple)

Ahmed is originally from Algeria, and has the passport to show it. He received a fine education there as a civil engineer. That’s clear when you see him take a pen to describe how two parts of a mechanism fit together, or watch him expound on the details of what has happened to him: a fine-spoken man in Arabic, French and English. But he has fallen on hard times, bouncing around from one European country to the next, living on the edge. He’s lived in France, then in Sweden for quite a long time. The last time he was in Germany he ended up in a small town in Brandenburg, though not for long enough to learn German. Wherever he goes, he’s “tolerated” by the government, neither deported nor supported.

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