Elham rahmani remembers it well: exactly three years and three months ago, he came from afghanistan to germany. Behind him lay a dramatic escape from the taliban. It was an odyssey that took him across eastern europe and finally brought him to weismain, where he lives in a collective shelter. Since then, rahmani has been processing his traumatic experiences through creative design. Together with ernst muller, a woodworker from altenkunstadt, he has created a wooden sculpture with the title "escape" wear. Yesterday, the impressive linden wood object was presented in the foyer of the district administration office.
When rahmani arrived in weismain, he didn’t want to just sit there and do nothing, ernst muller told us. According to muller, 250 asylum seekers from 16 countries of different cultures and religions, individuals and families with children live there. Rahmani looked for a job, took on janitorial work and began to create something new out of all kinds of things: vinyl records became watches, he shaped old metal into jewelry, and he designed car tires into sculptures, thus making it into the daily newspaper. This, in turn, drew ernst muller’s attention to the young afghan.