Try to tell your story chronologically, with all important events in the order they happened. Be as specific: as you can: what exactly happened to you and when, where, by whom and why did it happen? Provide plenty of detail. The BAMF employee will be able to understand your story better if you provide more details. Also mention what you consider to be everyday circumstances and remember that the BAMF employee has not experienced the situation in your country of origin. You can also tell them how you felt in specific situations.
Ensure that your narrative does not contain any contradictions.
If you can’t remember all of the details, let them know. In such cases you should, for example, approximate the dates as closely as possible. You can use your own country’s calendar when providing dates. You may have trouble talking about certain negative experiences, but try to discuss them as much as you can. The BAMF employee may ask you questions while you are giving your statement. You should also answer these in detail. If you do not understand a question, ask before responding.
Prepare yourself mentally for this challenge. Take as much time as you need during the hearing. If you need a break, say so.