4 April 2016

Firas Alshater: the YouTube star who became Germany’s most hugged refugee

Firas Alshater talks about his journey from political imprisonment in Syria to fighting fear with humour. 

“I have seen a lot of bad things in my life in Syria, throughout my childhood and youth,” he says, “but it doesn’t mean that my life should continue like that. I have to accept that tomorrow will be better. One way of making sure I don’t live in the past any more but in the present is to make people laugh.” He points to an elaborate green lizard crawling up his neck in the form of a tattoo. A closer look reveals it is constructed out of the word “freedom”.