„Never Arrive“

„Never Arrive“

Book Launch & Discussion with Farah Abdullahi Abdi
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„Never Arrive“ tells the story of Farah Abdullahi Abdi, a young Somali woman, who was forced to flee from her home in Kenya because of persecution and stigma associated with her sexual orientation.

The author is a young Somali refugee who came to Malta without her family at only 16 years of age. The book is based on her journey, not only physical but also mental and emotional, a story about one woman‘s dreams and aspirations and her challenges as she crosses borders and endures unspeakable hardships insearch of the future she believes she deserves. It is a story of self-acceptance and the will to risk it all for freedom. The often dangerous, brutal and terrifying events that most asylumseekers experience are vividly portrayed in Never Arrive.

After the book launch we will discuss diverse questions and issues concerning flight and asylum in the context of gender and sexuality with a special focus on the situation of LGBTIQ*-refugees in germany.


  • Farah Abdullahi Abdi, author of the book „Never Arrive"
  • Stephan Jäkel, Schwulenberatung Berlin, Head of Department HIV/STI-Prävention und Flucht
  • Aliya Khabaz, trans-activist, volunteer at Rubicon e.V. for LGBTIQ* refugees
  • Javid Nabiyev, gay-activist, founder of "Queer Refugees for Pride"

There will be simultaneous translation (ENG/GER).

At the time of the event Heinrich-Böll-Foundation is also showing the exhibition Where love is illegal: Fotografien von LGBTI aus Tunesien. Our guests are kindly invited to visit the exhibition before or after the book launch.
Contact: Sarah Schwahn
E-mail: schwahn@boell.de
Phone: 030-285 34 183