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Poland’s lost sons

 Hinz und Kunzt - Germany 09 April 2019

To travel to Germany and make money in cities like Hamburg - it is the dream of many young Polish workers. But it is a journey which often ends in homelessness. The Barka Foundation, publisher of Polish street paper Gazeta Ulicna, helps those who fall through the net to go back home. Hamburg's own street paper Hinz & Kunzt made the journey back to Poland too, to see what happens to those who return. (1880 Words) - By Emilia Smechowski

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In the summer he works in the fields, in winter he feeds the pigs: Mariusz Pawlik has been living at the Barka Centre for several years.Photo: Mauricio Bustamante

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The prefabs at the Barka Centre in Chudobczyce: 70 men who used to be homeless and trying to bring some structure back to their lives here.Photo: Mauricio Bustamante

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For the men who live at Barka, life has never been as rosy as the evening glow here in Chudobczyce. The men used to live on the streets, either in Poland or abroad, and they are alcoholics. Even cancer-sufferer Andrezej Warzynski, who came through a time as a bottle-collector in Hamburg.Photo: Mauricio Bustamante

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For the men who live at Barka, life has never been as rosy as the evening glow here in Chudobczyce. The men used to live on the streets, either in Poland or abroad, and they are alcoholics. Even cancer-sufferer Andrezej Warzynski, who came through a time as a bottle-collector in Hamburg.Photo: Mauricio Bustamante

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For the men who live at Barka, life has never been as rosy as the evening glow here in Chudobczyce. The men used to live on the streets, either in Poland or abroad, and they are alcoholics. Even cancer-sufferer Andrezej Warzynski, who came through a time as a bottle-collector in Hamburg.Photo: Mauricio Bustamante

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Wheat fields surround the 460-hectare area known as the “Barka Integration Centre.” By eating and working together, Barka’s residents relearn social skills which will eventually allow them to re-join society. Photo: Mauricio Bustamante

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Mariusz Pawlik came to Barka after he was stranded in Hamburg and too ashamed to contact his wife. Her search for her lost husband led her to Barka, and the couple are now living together in Szczecin. Photo: Mauricio Bustamante

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At the Barka Integration Centre, by eating and working together, Barka’s residents relearn social skills which will eventually allow them to re-join society. Photo: Mauricio Bustamante


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