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Maneko Lubov Maksimovna (61) and Koshman Sergey Borisovich (70) live in the gerontological center "Vishenki” in Smolensk where they have met for the 1st time. Lubov Maksimovna doesn’t hide it that they created a family mostly due to the fact that couples are allowed to have a separate room in the center.  "Everyone was laughing at us and joking when we were registering our marriage in the civil registry office. It was a surprise for them that we had decided to marry late in life”, says Lubov Maksimovna. Lubov Maksimovna and Sergey Borisovich have tough relations with their families. Lubov Maksimovna was left on her own when her son who had been a drug addict died. Soon after that her heart problems started, and she moved to the center. Sergey Borisovich moved there after he had been paralyzed as he needed a special treatment. His relatives do not visit him.



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Mohammed and Reshan.
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Mohammed came to Denmark 20 years ago. He left Iraq with his elder brother after the first American invasion when he was only 8 years old.  Mohammed’s family didn’t have money to buy fake passports, so along with other refugees his family sailed across the Black Sea to reach Bulgaria. A border guard patrol stopped the ship and they had to swim to Bulgarian coast. There were not enough life jackets. Mohammed’s older brother gave him his life vest. “My brother sank. I reached the Bulgarian coast alone. I didn’t have any money or food. I ate grass as there was nothing else, and finally got sick. Refugees from Eritrea and Palestine found a doctor. We travelled together to Germany. After Germany I went to Denmark where I was stopped by immigration service. They took custody of me, which is why I stayed in Denmark. After three years the rest of my family also moved here.”
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