Nazmi Aruqi, a Kosovo Albanian, fled to Germany in 1995 to escape the Serbs. In its beginning there he made the life of a wanderer, while today he is a businessman.
Journalist Rudina Muça: You did not have anyone in Germany, you did not know the language, you did not have a home. Are you forced to make the life of a homeless person?
N.Aruqi: We have been on the streets for 2 weeks, normally without eating, without drinking and without shelter.
Temperatures in the city of Frankfurt this winter have gone -16 degrees Celsius, this harsh winter turned it back to the time when it slept on the streets. For this reason Nazmiu decided to make his two hotels available to people who do not have a shelter.
N.Aruqi: That day I was walking with my family, and when I saw the homeless I remembered my time when I came here to Germany as a homeless person. Then I had the idea to stay in a hotel on this winter day.
Journalist Rudina Muça: Nazmi, the moment you made the decision to open the hotel doors, did you go to a homeless person and invite him? How did you act?
N.Aruqi: I called the mayor and proposed this idea, we made the announcement on FB and 6 thousand people shared it immediately. Then the German media came to me.
Journalist Rudina Muça: Didn’t you think that by entering the homeless in the hotel, the clients would leave? Did you make a balance of how much this work would cost?
N.Aruqi: Equality has shown me that I would give this housing without taking money costs.
For a week, Nazmi has not been expecting vacationers in his hotels, on the contrary, he has decided to leave his business at the disposal of those people who have been forgotten by society, ie the wanderers. Nazmi has become so attached to some of the homeless that he has decided to change his life, providing them with a home and a job.
N.Aruqi: We also have people that I will give them housing with the aim of eating here in the future. I will hire them.