My name is Zanko and I was born in Erbil in 1986. I left for Germany in 2017, because I wanted to get ahead in my career. During my time there, however, I realised what's really important in life. I returned to Iraq and now run my own car maintenance service.
It became clear to me that if you go to Europe, you have to rebuild your life from scratch. I had worked in different trades in Iraq and eventually owned a body shop. But I wanted to achieve more. I obtained a one-month tourist visa for Germany in 2017. I decided to stay after the visa expired, because I wanted to realise my dreams. The authorities granted me temporary accommodation in a refugee shelter.