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The "Heroes" of Berlin-Neukölln
by Regina Friedrich
"Imagine my sister goes out one night and something happens to her. The neighbours would find out about it and then, no matter where I go, I can kiss my honour goodbye," says a young guy indignantly at one of the "Heroes" workshops. "You have to decide whether you are going to keep an eye on her or lock her up – she needs a life, too, you know," counters Deniz, one of the Berlin "Heroes". It requires a certain amount of courage to challenge the traditional concept of honour prevailing in the Turkish community.
"Being a "Hero" means you have to take risks and that in itself is quite a risky business where we live," explains Deniz self-confidently. The 20-year-old high-school student is one of five young men working on the "Heroes" project in the Berlin district of Neukölln.
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