Doaa A. and her seven-year-old son Ahmad spent several months in an almost empty apartment in Balingen in Baden-Württemberg waiting for their new life to begin. Originally the 29-year-old wanted to return to Iraq back in April, but all flights were cancelled due to the corona pandemic. She is finally hoping she can realise her dream of opening her own hairdressing and beauty salon in Baghdad.
Back in July, this young woman radiated a sense of confidence and energy. She is a trained hairdresser who arrived in Germany in 2015, passed her German exam at level B1 and soon found work in a hairdresser's shop. Nevertheless, she didn't feel settled in Germany. Her longing for friends, siblings and the whole atmosphere of her home district of Mansour in Baghdad simply wouldn't go away. "I feel alone here", she thought to herself. So Doaa A. decided to voluntarily return to her homeland.