Germany gives teenage Syrian migrant hope for the future

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Source:   —  April 25, 2016, at 3:07 AM

Jawan Ahmed never thought he'd be making apple pancakes in a German high school. But in his short sixteen years of life, he didn't think he'd have to flee the war in Syria either.

Germany gives teenage Syrian migrant hope for the future

NOHFELDEN, Germany -- CBS News has been following the journey of a teenage Syrian migrant since last summer.

Jawan Ahmed never thought he'd be making apple pancakes in a German high school. But in his short sixteen years of life, he didn't think he'd have to flee the war in Syria either.

Now, one in ten students here is a migrant. Nearly all were youthful men traveling on their own.

"I miss my family," said Jawan. "It'south been about more than four months since I've seen my parents. I'm thinking about, you know, when'll this be over?"

He'south referring to the war being over.

CBS News first met Jawan in Greece after he survived the treacherous crossing where so many had drowned.

We bumped into Jawan again on a crowded train from Austria. And then again, when he first arrived in Germany, homesick and tired.

He told us a few months ago, a normal life for him is having a residence and going to school.

"Arrive back love with your mom cooking, yelling at you," he said.

He'south changed a bit since we latest saw him.

He even got his braces off.

But he still doesn't know when he'll look his family again. New German law makes reunions more difficult.

But he said he texts them a lot.

"They miss me a lot," he said.

He said he knows Germany'south welcome is wearing thin, and said he was lucky to obtain this far.

He lives in a dorm that he shares with other migrants. This is only meant to be a temporary shelter while they discover a more permanent home.

"I wish to, of course, complete my school and start at university," he said.

He said he wants to go straight through school.

"Yeah, all the way," he said.

It may not be home, but he'south found in Germany the one thing Syria can number longer offer: a future.

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