On Ohlauer Strasse in Berlin there is a building that once housed a co-educational high school. Later it stood empty. Now refugees live in it. Behind a gate with two guards, under constant surveillance.
‘No, no! You can’t take photos here. Outside the bars you can,’ I hear a few seconds after I decide to enter the school area. Alongside the guards I also see a smiling man coming towards me. He wears a winter cap and a light down jacket. His name is Alnour Ahmad-Hassan, a resident of the school. He calms the guard down.
‘Okay, let’s get out of here. At the corner there is a café. We can sit there and talk in peace,’ Alnour suggests.
‘So this is how it is here now?’ I ask, surprised.
‘Yes, more or less. You see, they are isolating us here completely.’
‘What would you like to know?’ asks Alnour several minutes later, sipping his black coffee.
‘If everything, it would be good to start at the beginning.’
Credit: Črna luknja
The following audio is a recording made by activists of the self-organized refugee squat Orfanotrofeio in Thessaloniki, Greece. This material has been made available to us by our comrades at Črna Luknja, the anarchist radio show at Radio Študent in Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia. Continue reading
Germany based Nigerian activist, Rex Osa of the Voice Refugee Forum shed light on the harsh treatment Nigerian refugees and asylum seekers face in Germany and the little help the Nigerian Embassy in Germany provides. “Deportation we know is the culture in Germany,” explained Osa. He described the deplorable living conditions of refugees in Germany and the restrictions put on those with the status. “As a refugee in Germany you are not allowed to go outside your district. If you are by chance caught outside you are penalized,” said Osa, who accused the Nigerian Embassy in Germany of being involved in a “deportation scheme.”
another article on the topic at newspaper “der freitag” in german: Der Pass wird passend gemacht
2016, Mar 03, Thu — 2016, Mar 05, Sat
Haus der Kulturen der Welt, John-Foster-Dulles-Allee 10, 10557 Berlin
Refugees are also digital trailblazers; the use of smartphones and social media are essential both for their escape and for everyday life in their new homes. For voluntary refugee aids, digital tools are also of great importance. Recently projects such as the platform www.arriving-in-berlin.de have demonstrated how important the web is for the self-organization of refugees. The Civil Society 4.0 conference aims to network the many initiatives and projects. Continue reading
Das Grenzöffnungs-Projekt – Selbstproduzierte Medien als Teil vom Flüssiger Verein Kanäle Projekt (Liquid Union Channels Projekt)
Erez, the inventor of this project will soon have to leave Germany on 18th of December, so we want to meet before to take concrete steps and discuss the potentiality of the project. The meetings (or several) should be as soon as possible. If you are interested please contact via Twitter: Erez@namzezam, or contact him via this page or subscribe: http://liquid-unions.wikidot.com/
http://liquid-unions.wikidot.com/we-are-now-preparing-our-own-self-produce-media-produced-in (unvollständige Übersetzung)
Wir arbeiten jetzt an unseren eigenen selbstproduzierten Medien (bestehend aus Schlussfolgerungen, Interpretationen, Berichten und persönlichen Mitteilungen), in guter Qualität produziert und in einer anpassbaren Plattform, von unten nach oben in einer fairen und authentischen Form entwickelt, und kommen dadurch gleichzeitig mit vielen verschiedenen Gruppen zusammen, liefern und empfangen Nachrichten von Migrant*innen in ganz Europa. Continue reading
When: Wednesday, December 16th 2015, 7pm
Where: Migrationsrat Berlin-Brandenburg, Oranienstr. 34, 10999 Berlin. (U8 Kottbusser Tor/Moritzplatz. Rear House, 2nd Floor.)
The space is wheelchair accessible and we are in the process of organizing accessible bathrooms.
Refugees who are LGBT*I*Q are often subject to discrimination on numerous levels, especially in the process of flight and migration. These experiences are often oscilliate between being silenced & neglected and being misused & instrumentalised.
What are the different perspectives on this issue in the context of refugee activism in Berlin and Germany? What is necessary to make these perspectives become more visible in the dominant discourse on refugee issues and what are the expectations and demands of those affected concerning self-organisation, networking and support structures? These will be some of the points we will be focusing on this evening with our guests:
Safa Mohamed (Feminist and LGBT*I*Q Activist), Ahmed Awadalla (Refugee Activist) and Bino Byansi Byakuleka (Textile designer and Refugee Activist)
The evening will be chaired by Joy Zalzala Soyka (Lesbenberatung Berlin/LesMigraS) and will be conducted in English and Arabic with German translation.
Workshop by Bino Byansi Byakuleka, Sharon Otoo & Florian Fischer
Friday, December 4th 2015, 17:00 – 21:00
Venue: w_orten & meer, Hasenheide 73, 10967 Berlin-Kreuzberg (U7 Südstern)
If you are involved in any kind of refugee (self-) organization, supporter structures or charity organizations we would like to invite you to our empowerment workshop.
There is a lot to be done and the current situation of refugees in Germany and Europe requires us to rethink political strategies and use the power we have appropriately.
The current wave of welcoming culture is very important in order to show alternatives to the racist hatred that is getting stronger each day. At the same time this wave comes exactly at the time when our refugee movement has become very weak to almost not-existing anymore. The so-called civil society chooses to be in the helping position instead of supporting self organized refugee resistance. This is a step back, it puts us back to being the helped supposedly passive object while the helpers are becoming a new lobby. Continue reading