Syrian refugee feeds Berlin’s homeless to ‘give something back to German people’

Alex Assali, a Syrian refugee who arrived in Germany last year, is now handing out free meals to Berlin’s homeless, to “give something back to German people” for welcoming him and many more refugees into their country.

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Mr Assali was recently photographed at the meal station that he serves up meals from.

His friend, Tabea Bu, posted the photo on Facebook, where it has been shared by thousands of people.

Mr Assali told Buzzfeed he had fled Syria in 2007 because his life was in danger and lived in Libya until last September, when he came to Germany.

Ms Bu said Mr Assali still had little to his name, but wanted to give something back to the country that had taken him in.

“He really has lost everything; he had to leave his family back in Syria because people wanted to kill him,” Ms Bu wrote in the Facebook post, translated from German by The Telegraph.

“Even though he doesn’t have a lot, he goes on the street and distributes food to the homeless.

“I have the feeling like, God bless him as he is a blessing for so many more people.”

Mr Assali told Buzzfeed he had been handing out meals to the homeless since August 2015, from various locations across Berlin.

A poster attached to the table in the photo reads: “Our target is to give something back to the people who helped us … We want to be a positive part in the German community.”

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He said he had so far been unsuccessful in finding a job in Berlin, but that he hoped to continue to give back to the community.

“My dream [is] to have in [the] future a big house to support [these] people and do something positive for them because many of them need someone to guide them to the right way,” he told Buzzfeed.

Ms Bu said she and Mr Assali had been overwhelmed by the messages of support.

“We both never imagined what this little post could do, but we are happy that we did bring a little light into the world,” she wrote on Facebook.