Pierre in Saarbruecken, Germany ~ "I Will Persevere..."

I am very happy to be back in Germany doing my DANCING IN SAARBRUECKEN project...bringing so many young ladies and gentlemen from many nationalities AND religions all to dance TWOgether and to shake what their Mammas gave them. Thank you Dr. Halima Alaiyan for inviting me to do the same type of project I did last year in Berlin. SHOOKRAN!

Saarbruecken was part of France until 1959 when the inhabitants got to choose if they wished to remain part of France OR return to being part of Germany…Germany won the vote.
The teens (pictured) come from 5 different school and we meet after school at a dance studio. Many nationalities including German, Turks, Kurds, Turks, Lebanese, Syrian as well as Russian. The first lesson with them was difficult…BUT…the second lesson was even worse. The big problem is exactly the reason we do not work with 6th graders…and then on top of that…they do not know each other…thus they ‘act out’. Anyway I will persevere…but I also let them know I will ask a few of them to leave and NOT to return. We will see on Friday…which will be their 3rd. lesson.

The Children All Heard Me Speaking in Arabic

This morning I went to a nearby town called Lebach…about 23 miles away. I traveled on the Strassen Bahn…Electric / street car…takes just under one hour…stopping every 2 or 3 minutes etc. etc.This refugee camp in Lebach is a big one…with cinder block buildings housing he refugees. They now have 1,800 but just in November they had 4,800…so you can tell is it a large camp. Lebach is now known for new asylum seekers…the best place to be accepted and from there they would be assigned to another area of Germany. They have a great big…I mean big tent that can be divided into 3 separate areas and I was told their volunteers come in and give the children up to 15 years of age play time from 10 until noon and from 2 until 4 in the afternoon. I was invited to come in at 11am and work with the kids…that is the kids that actually show up…I did just this this morning…I had wanted to work with 10 year olds and up…but as you can see in the photo it was no where near the age bracket I was expecting…but because the children all heard me speaking in Arabic…they flocked to me in an instant…and so I could not turn them away. YES…you got it…THE STOMP & THE MACARENA…etc etc…they LOVED it.

Children are children are children the world over. Such innocence, gratitude and such beautiful smiles. How wonderful Germany is for opening its borders and for providing safety, security and lodging for these Syrian refugees in Lebach nearby Saarbruecken. It is a privilege to work with these wonderful children...I feel so blessed.