Aisha, a single mother of three from Kosovo, is in good spirits during a weekly women’s meetup. Sitting beside two families of Syrian refugees, she says living in the containers isn’t bad compared to the cramped emergency shelter they called home for the majority of last year.
But is there enough space for her family of four in two 15 square meter boxes? Definitely not, she says, her smile quickly fading. “We do what we can outside. The kids play; I cook in the main kitchen.” Kitchens and bathrooms are shared among residents. At her next appointment with social services, she will ask for an apartment, she says. Her family was assigned to live in the containers in Buch, but the cramped space is not what she would have chosen.