Syrian refugee Alex Assali feeds Berlin's homeless to 'give something back to Germany'
Syrian refugee Alex Assali,who fled fled his country in 2007, is feeding the homeless on the streets of Berlin 'to give something back' to the nation that granted him asylum.
Assali spends his weekends cooking large amounts of food then setting up stalls around Berlin to feed homeless people and those in need.
He said he serves about 100 people a week and has been handing out food from various locations across Berlin.
Assali's story went viral after friend Tabea Bü posted a photo of him preparing food on Facebook.
"He really has lost everything; he had to leave his family back in Syria because people wanted to kill him," Ms Bu wrote in the Facebook post.
"Even though he doesn't have a lot, he goes on the street and distributes food to the homeless.
"I have the feeling like, God has blessed him as he is a blessing for so many more people."
Ms Bü said she and Mr Assali are overwhelmed by the messages of support.
"We both never imagined what this little post could do, but we are happy that we did bring a little light into the world," Ms Bü wrote on Facebook.
A poster attached to his stall table in the photo reads: "Our target is to give something back to the people who helped us ... We want to be a positive part in the German community."