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See ‘Emily’ in every refugee’s face

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August 19, 2021 3:02 pm |



If a refugee sets foot in Europe, we can safely assume that they had a hell of a journey. The exact reason for their escape does not matter. Bombs, being gay, being critical of an oppressing regime, or unable to make a living are all existential threats, enough to flee one’s home. No one would...

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Borders

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June 14, 2021 1:20 pm |

I’ve been fascinated by what you call ‘borders.’ Philosophically, zoomed in, borders are such curious things. A border or a physical line to divide things does not even exist. In the past human beings have created ‘borders’ to divide lands. First claimed by powerful people, such as Dukes, Lords, Counts, and Kings, people knew who...

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Beautiful People

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June 14, 2021 1:08 pm |

The Walkers from the Walk of Shame are on their way!  They are trying to meet people on the move, hanging out with them, and sharing moments. Mainly to tell them personally how ashamed we are about the border policies of our governments. It’s also to rehumanise connections by spending time together with no other...

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The letter

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June 14, 2021 10:14 am |



Dear Brother or Sister, Walk Of Shame Introduction Letter 29 May – 4 June 2021 Dear brother/sister, You and I are human beings with the same rights to a dignified existence. But your dignity is being violated by Europe, the continent I grew up in. I am ashamed and frustrated.  I have tried to change...

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Our wave of solidarity will grow

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October 15, 2020 7:44 pm |



The so-called “New Pact on Migration and Asylum” presented by the EU Commission in September comes as a slap in the face of asylum seekers and refugees still suffering violence and injustice along our borders. It furthermore comes as a slap in the face of those tens of thousands who took to the streets in...

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Nasim: a human inhabitant of Planet Earth

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October 2, 2020 2:20 pm |

Some reality on refugee camps In the video call, Nasim looks quite stressed. He has just been involved in a confrontation with one of the security guards of the camp, who was harassing refugees. Nasim had  tried to stand up for them, but getting involved in other people’s fights is something you shouldn’t do in...

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Fire in Moria camp

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September 20, 2020 10:16 am |



The phoenix that should not arise from its ashes again Fire While I am enjoying a belated holiday on another Greek island called Kythira, the news hits the world. On this other island, Lesvos, the largest European refugee camp burnt to the ground. There had been tension building up this last week, even more than...

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The girl with the 4-coloured hair

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July 12, 2020 8:03 pm |

Selena sits in front of her device, wearing a pink T-shirt and shiny red hair. She wanted to dye her hair four colours: blue, green, pink and purple. The hairdresser let her pay a lot for it, and twenty-something hours later her hair turned out to be a deep shade of red. Her colourful coiffure...

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Becoming truly civilized

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July 2, 2020 8:59 pm |

Let’s take the next step and express our human kindness I used to have discussions with my father about whether humankind is or isn’t actually evolving and spiralling up to a better and better place. My father is pessimistic: he thinks history repeats itself. I have faith – I see progress. I believe that we...

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Scrolling Down

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June 4, 2020 11:08 pm |

Why do I pick the refugee crisis to worry about? I must admit: I would rather not care about the fate of refugees.  Preferably, I would scroll down my news feed until stumbling upon something positive. Somehow I manage to reduce my corona-related news intake to an absolute minimum of the necessary info. In fact,...

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