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These Are The Refugees Coming To Germany In Hope Of A Better Life

Hundreds of refugees wait at the Berlin State Office for Health and Social Services every day, where they have to get registered once they arrive in Berlin.

Posted on September 4, 2015, at 7:30 a.m. ET

For weeks, hundreds of refugees have been waiting in front of the State Office for Health and Social Services (locally known as the LaGeSo) in Berlin. In August, when a heatwave hit the city, the conditions were grim.

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Once they arrive in Berlin, they get a temporary place where they can stay until the German officials have decided if they are granted asylum.

This is Fershte from Afghanistan. She is 36.

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Fershte fled Afghanistan because her husband was killed. When I met her, she had been waiting in front of the LaGeSo for five days. Before arriving there, she was staying in Hamburg.

This is Eddy from Benin. He is 25.

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Eddy's mother died when he was 4. After his father passed away, too, he could not find work, so he came to Germany. He says this is his only chance.

This is Ibrahim from Afghanistan. He is 16.

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Ibrahim fled Afghanistan because his family was persecuted. He is the only one in the family who made it out of the country. When we met him, he had been waiting for four days to get registered.

This is Delal from Syria. She is 8. She said her three sisters could not come with her and had to stay in Syria.

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Delal and her father fled from Syria. They crossed Turkey, Greece, Macedonia, Hungary, and Austria to come to Germany.

This is Mohamed, his wife Roqa, and their daughters, Rushin and Reema.

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Mohamed and his family are from Aleppo, Syria.

Rushin is 8 and Reema is 7. They were tear-gassed in front of the LaGeSo when a fight between refugees and security forces broke out.

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Some of the refugees wait in line to get a number for registration.

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This is the piece of paper everybody here is looking for. Once they have it, the refugees have to wait until they are called on.

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Eddy, who had this ticket, asked me not to show the number on the back because he feared that his identity could be traced.

After registration, the refugees get a document telling them which shelter they have received a bed in.

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The hygienic conditions in front of the LaGeSo aren't great. This is a girl washing her feet in one of the few water faucets.

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When news about the conditions in front of the LaGeSo broke, many Berliners volunteered to help the refugees. Here are some of them playing football with the children.

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This is how it looks when they have to stay waiting for hours and hours in front of the LaGeSo. When the office is closed, the refugees are brought to emergency shelters.

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