Renate Schieferdecker, the Christian pastor in the nearby town of Amt Neuhaus, remembers when locals first learned of the coming asylum seekers. "We were naturally concerned when the news came," she said. Among the concerns was the threat of violence. "Any time you get an Afghan and a Persian together, there will be conflict." Most of the worries proved unfounded, she later said. Image by Valerie Schmidt. Germany, 2017.