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From refugee to “wine queen” in Germany

Aug 06, 2016 16:28 IST
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It’s time for a festive gathering in a wine growing region in southern Germany. It’s also time for an annual tradition -- picking the area’s “wine queen.” The wine-growing region around the southern German city of Trier crowns a Syrian refugee this year’s “wine queen,” an ambassador for local vineyards. It’s an event filled with fanfare -- and of course a time for the passing of the crown. This year’s winner is Ninorta Bahno -- a 26-year-old Christian who fled war in Syria three years ago. She says she wanted to make good use of her new position to encourage other refugees to integrate into German society -- and of course, promote the region’s wine.