Germans Asked to Avoid New Year Fireworks Out of Concern for Refugees

 Germans Asked to Avoid New Year Fireworks Out of Concern for Refugees

Refugees at Wien Westbahnhof railway station, Austria, on their way to Germany. Photo: Bwag.



Officials in several German towns expressed concern that New Year’s fireworks may awaken painful memories of war in refugees and asked citizens to show understanding by refraining from the joyful tradition.

The use of fireworks is temporarily prohibited in or near refugee residences in Arnsberg, a western German town that accepted hundreds of asylum seekers. City officials are worried that by setting off fireworks, residents will be reminded of the endless shootings and bombings, and of their flight from war in Syria.

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