So during this dangerous period, he made a decision about his love life: He wouldn't have one.
He had seen families suffer when their loved ones were arrested.
But he tells her he can't seem to translate that relaxed workshop version of himself into ordinary life.
So Lierenfeld, 28, offers to give him a flirt coaching session — the chance to brutally break down his game and show him how to improve it.
Sophia Lierenfeld didn't set out to give dating advice to Syrian refugees.
The Berlin-based acting teacher and relationship coach wanted to do her part to help refugees integrate into German society.
Her self-funded workshop, Improv Without Borders, gathers weekly to let Europeans and refugees do improvisational theater together.
On a recent Thursday afternoon, about a dozen men and women from Afghanistan, Syria, France, Germany and elsewhere milled about awkwardly while Lierenfeld waltzed among them and gave out hugs.
After some warmup games, they broke off into groups to perform skits.
Abulhusn would be happy to date a German girl — if one of them would only give him a chance.
Abulhusn's journey: The life of Abu Techno There was a time in Abulhusn's life when finding love seemed like too much of a risk.
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He's Druze, which makes him an unlikely prospect for most of the Syrian Muslim women he meets in Germany.