by Mort Ehudin
Hiba is a twenty-two year old Syrian refugee here in Berlin. Following her desire to become a teacher, she was in her second semester at the university in Damascus when her father informed her that he had arranged for her to be married. Somehow she convinced him to allow her instead to continue with her studies, but was forced to give them up when the family had to flee the fighting in her hometown.
She is still determined to become a teacher but the way ahead for Hiba is a long one. She is in the early stages of learning German, must then get the equivalent of a high school diploma, after which she could be accepted at a German university.
In the meantime, she is the star pupil in my drawing class.