"Unfortunately, the war in Syria was started and there was no way to fulfill my dream."
Current position: Intern at T Systems
My name is Manaf Al Maftah from a small village called Habuba Kabira near to Aleppo-Syria, I’m 30 years old. I graduated in 2011 from Teshreen university faculty of arts and humanities English Literature department. My dream was to get a master degree in English Literature. Unfortunately, the war in Syria was started and there was no way to fulfill my dream. As a hobby, I started to learn to programme when I was 23 years old, and after graduating this hobby turned to be a real job. The scene in Aleppo between 2011-2013 was more or less not that bad as today except we were isolated from the outer world, there were literally no way of commutation means, no telephones, mobile phones or even internet. The story started when someone bought a satellite Internet “Sky Internet”, so there was a need to build a limited network which provides as much as possible the people with Internet service. Finally, could the families there to communicate with their relatives and get the news of the world. This situation did not last for a long time, ISIS was around and after a while, it was completely “prohibited” to use the Internet. As the day runs, the pressure started to be more than ever. It was literally impossible for any human to bare those actions of ISIS. So I made my mind to leave my village to start a new life far from the war and the wild actions. In August 2015 I arrived in Berlin, I waited for about four months to get my residence’ documents. Then I started to attend the language school, after eight months I finished my B2 course. At that time, I was introduced to Devugees. I said, that is exactly what I was looking for! I already have a little experience so it will fit my knowledge needs and expand it. I didn’t have to start from the beginning to start my own future career. Germany has already given me what I need to start over, so one way to return the favor is to find a good job to be able to be able to help the ones, who need to be helped.