The Mohammadi family traveled from Afghanistan to Germany in 2015. Moschka, 11, is on the right.

Through Germany's open door: What life is really like for refugees

Updated 12:00 AM ET, Mon September 4, 2017

Berlin (CNN)A couple of years ago, Moschka Mohammadi was unable to read or write. Now, at 11, the young Afghan refugee is fluent in German, seamlessly translating between German and Dari with her parents at their dinner table as she arranges a visit to the orthodontist and the delivery of a new bed for her two siblings.

Back in Afghanistan, Mohammadi had attended just one day of school -- in a room hidden from the Taliban -- when fighting broke out in their village.
Her family first fled to Kabul before embarking on the long trek to Germany, with a hand-painted Quran her only physical reminder of home.
Mohammadi's family is one of just under a million refugees that have taken refuge in Germany since 2015 under German Chancellor Angela Merkel's open-door migration policy.