"I was scared for my children, too. I don’t have a lot but one was just born around the time the Wall came down, a daughter. And my ex-wife also brought her child. True, her child wasn’t black but white. But people always looked [as if to say]: 'Oh, that woman is with a n*'."
Ibraimo Alberto was born in Mozambique. When Mozambique gained independence, then 18-year-old Alberto, a convinced socialist, applied to enter the GDR to study sport. In the event, he was employed as a "contract worker" in a meat combine. The GDR state kept back some of his pay, informing him he would receive it on his return to Mozambique. After work, Ibraimo Alberto went boxing and became a successful amateur boxer. In 1990, the workers from Mozambique were sent home but Ibraimo Alberto stayed in Germany. He lived with his family in Schwedt, East Germany, trained to become a social worker and gained a position with the council as a specialist for the integration of foreigners. After several severe, violent racist attacks, he and his family moved to Karlsruhe. He now lives in Berlin where he is a social worker for refugees and a boxing trainer for young people. He never received his outstanding wages.
Reading recommendation: Ibraimo Alberto mit Daniel Bachmann: Ich wollte leben wie die Götter. Was in Deutschland aus meinen afrikanischen Träumen wurde, Köln 2014
Mixed feelings after the fall of the Wall
Archive of escapes https://archivderflucht.hkw.de/ibraimo-alberto/
Self-will in the sister country https://bruderland.de/protagonists/ibraimo-alberto/