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An Email from women at #Niedstr to Frau #Tomaske

On the 27.05, the inhabitants of the Lager at Niedstr 1-2, sent to Frau Tomaske (LAF) the following complain. Until
today, they didn’t receive any answer and there are no changes in this unsustainable situation. What is LAF waiting for?

(Deutsch unten)
Dear Frau Tomaske,

In Soziale Initiative Niederlausitz e.v. Notunterkunft Neidstr 1-2 12159 Berlin, there is a huge problem with food. Women complained to administration 100 times but they do not listen. Last month a Woman tried to kill herself because of being desperate that the food is bad and she cannot afford to buy herself food everyday. also another woman got very angry because of the disgusting smell of the food which look like garbage and she brock some dishes.
The women mad a complaint in Arabic and over 73 signature is on it and signatures are getting more. We tried hard to explain it in English and German to other women.(every body here understand that “Essen Nicht gut”) Arabic women, Vietnamese, Iranian, Afghani, Balkan  women all signed about the terrible quality of the food. it is damaging our health. yesterday women were crying because they do not know what to feed their children. Today at the first day of Ramadan for Muslim people, they offer them very spicy food that burns in the through (this food was the the same of the lunch for us) . Women are very depressed of the food and the administration carelessness about this issue.

There are other issues such as:

1. Cleaning is done only one time per a day (It should be done 3 times as the administration informed me personally)  and the administration does not supervise this process. we offered to supervise it our self (only if they cooperate with us and listen to us). the hygiene level in toilets and showers is most of the time below zero! also most of the time no Soap nor Sanitizer in the toilets.

2.The office hours are  not enough to handle our problems (we wanted it to be as a minimum 2 hours a day).

3.No special food for pregnant women nor for children.

4.The Erste Hilfe room is always closed. although it is written that it should open every Thursday which is not enough of course.

5.The administration choose 6 women to form a residence council who wrote a protocol that every thing is fine in the Notunterkunft and that every body see improvements! which almost 73 women who signed this complaint did not see .

6.We are not allowed to close the doors of our rooms. some time the women in the room are sleeping or they want to get dressed. which make us in a state of panic and fear that the door can be opened any time.

This place is supposed to protect women, not to traumatize them!

7.Every time the administration try to convince us that they will build a kitchen. they said the building work will start on May now they say that it will start in June and will be done by January 2017. do we have to be tortured by this food more 8 months?

they also got permission for us to cook in two kitchens in other buildings near the Notunterkunft, which is good. But still women cannot afford to buy the material to cook because money is wasted on the uneatable food provided by the Notunterkunft.

The Administration informed me and three other women that they would meet with us to discuss these complaints. but we are afraid that they do not listen to us as usual.

We love this place which offer us safety and relatively good life. we do not want to leave it to another place. Nevertheless we do not want to take food from this place because it is very bad and damaging for our health and our children. “we want to buy our Owen food and cook for yourself.

we also want such measurements as in Fehrberliner Platz.
Please check the attached photos.
also attached the complaint.

Warm regards,

Women from NeidStr

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E-Mail an Frau Tomaske vom 29. Mai 2017

Sehr geehrte Frau Tomaske,

In der Soziale Initiative Niederlausitz e.V. Notunterkunft Neidstr. 1-2, 12159 Berlin gibt es ein riesiges Problem mit dem Essen. Die Bewohnerinnen haben sich 100 Mal bei der Administration beschwert, aber diese hört nicht zu. Letzten Monat hat sich eine Bewohnerin versucht umzubringen aus Verzweiflung über das schlechte Essen und dass sie es sich nicht leisten kann, Essen täglich selber zu kaufen. Eine andere Frau (Bewohnerin) ist sehr wütend geworden wegen dem ekelerregenden Geruch des Essens, das aussieht wie Abfall oder Essensreste, und hat Geschirr zerbrochen. Die Bewohnerinnen haben eine Beschwerde verfasst auf Arabisch, bisher sind 73 Unterschriften darauf, und es werden mehr. Wir haben uns viel Mühe gegeben, es auf Englisch und Deutsch zu übersetzen für die anderen Frauen. (Alle verstehen hier dass “Essen nicht gut”) Arabische Frauen, Vietnamesinnen, Bewohnerinnen aus dem Iran, Afghanistan und aus dem Balkan haben alle unterschrieben als Statement über die schreckliche Qualität des Essens. Es gefährdet und ruiniert unsere Gesundheit. Gestern haben Frauen geweint weil sie nicht wissen, was sie ihren Kindern zu essen geben sollen.

Heute war der erste Tag des Ramadans für muslimische Menschen und sie haben ihnen sehr scharfes Essen angeboten, das in der Kehle brennt (das war das gleiche Essen wie das Mittagessen für uns anderen). Die Bewohnerinnen sind sehr deprimiert wegen der Essenssituation und die Unbekümmertheit und Lethargie der Administration bezüglich dieses Themas.

Es gibt noch andere Problematiken:

1. Es wird nur einmal pro Tag geputzt (es sollte dreimal pro Tag sein, wie mich die Administration persönlich informiert hat) und die Administration überwacht das nicht. Wir haben angeboten, selber die Supervision zu übernehmen (unter der Bedingung, dass sie mit uns kooperieren und uns zuhören). Die hygienische Situation in den Toiletten- und Duschräumen ist meistens unter aller Sau! Meistens gibt es auch keine Seife oder Desinfektionsmittel in den Toilettenräumen.

2. Die Bürozeiten sind nicht genug lang, um unsere Probleme anzugehen (wir fordern minimum 2 Stunden pro Tag).

3. Es wird kein spezielles, adequates Essen für schwangere Frauen und Kinder angeboten.

4. Der Erste-Hilfe-Raum ist immer zu. Obwohl da geschrieben steht, dass er jeden Donnerstag offen sei, was natürlich auch nicht genug ist.

5. Die Administration hat 6 Frauen ausgewählt um ein residence council (Bewohnerinnenrat) zu gründen. Dieser council hat ein Protokoll geschrieben, dass alles in Ordnung sei in der Notunterkunft und dass alle Verbesserungen sehen! Was 73 Bewohnerinnen, die die vorliegende Beschwerde unterschrieben haben, nicht sehen.

6. Es ist uns nicht erlaubt, die Türen unserer Räume abzuschliessen. Manchmal schlafen die Frauen in den Räumen oder wollen sich anziehen. Das bedeutet ein konstantes Gefühl und Zustand von Panik und Angst, dass die Türe jederzeit geöffnet werden kann.
Dieser Ort ist dafür da, die Frauen zu beschützen, und nicht, sie zu traumatisieren!

7. Jedes Mal will uns die Administration weismachen, dass sie eine Küche bauen werden. Sie sagten, dass die Arbeiten dafür im Mai anfangen, jetzt sagen sie:  Im Juni, und die Arbeiten  sollen bis Januar 2018 fertiggestellt werden. Sollen wir weitere 8 Monate von diesem Essen gequält werden?

Sie haben eine Erlaubnis eingeholt für uns, in zwei anderen Küchen in anderen Gebäuden nahe der Notunterkunft zu kochen, was gut ist. Aber die Frauen können sich die Kochzutaten immer noch nicht selber kaufen, weil das Geld verschwendet wird für das unessbare Essen, das in der Notunterkunft zur Verfügung gestellt wird.

Die Administration hat mich und drei andere Bewohnerinnen darüber informiert, dass sie sich mit uns treffen und diese Beschwerden besprechen möchten. Aber wir befürchten, dass sie uns wie üblich nicht zuhören.

Wir lieben diesen Ort, der uns Sicherheit uns relativ gute Lebenskonditionen bietet. Wir wollen ihn auch nicht verlassen. Nichtsdestotrotz können wir das angebotene Essen nicht essen, weil es sehr schlecht und schädlich ist für unsere Gesundheit und die Gesundheit unserer Kinder. Wir wollen unser eigenes Essen, unsere eigenen Zutaten kaufen und für uns selber kochen.

Wir fordern ähnliche Messungen wie am Fehrbelliner Platz.

Bitte sehen Sie sich die beiligenden Fotos an.
Ebenso angehängt ist die Beschwerde.

Beste Grüße,

Frauen aus NiedStr
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Soli drinks: Home is where the Homo is

Soliparty Home is where the Homo is

Wann: Montag, 5. Juni 19:00
Wo: Möbel Olfe, Reichenberger Straße 177, 10999 Berlin

~~ DRINKS for RENT ~~ Drinks für die Miete ~~
MUSIC by
DJ Hilwi
DJ Ipek (female:pressure / EklektikBerlinIstan)
Yousef Iskandar (middle eastern hits)
SIN س (arabic electro)

Finding housing in Berlin gets harder and harder especially for people depending on social benefits and facing multiple discrimination – like e.g. queer refugees.

SAWA Berlin is a project supporting queer refugees in Berlin to find a safe place to live running since September 2016. To cover unexpected costs like payment delays by Jobcenter or LAF or co-fund entry fees for Genossenschaften we’ll throw this party!

Drop by, dance and have a drink with us! We’ll be happy to tell you more about the project, how to get involved and who knows: Maybe you’ll meet your next room mate? 😉

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Das Projekt SAWA Berlin vermittelt geflüchtete Queers an WGs und Wohnungsvermieter_innen. Ihr möchtet unterstützen oder bei euch ist was frei? Kommt vorbei, feiert mit uns und informiert euch!

Um Verzögerungen bei der Zahlung der Miete durch das Amt überbrücken zu können, planen wir, einen kleinen Fund anzulegen. Das Geld, dass an diesem Abend eingespielt wird, kommt dem zugute.

#RefugeesSRB We Are Still in #Serbia

We are still in Belgrade. One of us joined the Cars Of Hope Wuppertal team, who are working with refugees and support the Soul Welders projects in the Serbian capital. Another short impression from Belgrade.

Written by Riot Turtle

Solidarity not charity! The situation in Belgrade changed since the last time I was here. The conditions people are forced to live in due to border closures are dehumanizing and many people work hard to stop that.

Yesterday there was a demonstration against Refugee detentions in Hungary and border closures in Röszke, at the Hungarian/Serbian border.

röszke protest Hungary

Image: Demo against Refugee detentions and border closures in Röszke, Hungary on Saturday. Image by Twitter account freetheroszke11

I had actually planned to go to the demonstration but changed my mind as we are leaving Belgrade in a few days and there are loads of work to be done here.

Yesterday we supported the shower truck of Soul Welders again. This time at the barracks behind the main train station of Belgrade.  Many refugees in Serbia live outside or in abandoned buildings and have no access to running water. Refugees can take a shower in the shower truck and get a clean towel, a t-shirt, socks and underwear. Soul Welders also distribute soap, shampoo, tooth paste and tooth brushes. The truck drives to Belgrade, the Serbian/Croatian border and the Serbian/Hungarian border. Soon we will publish an interview with Soul Welders activists about this great project.

Nobody knows how much people are living in and around the barracks. I guess there are about 1500 people here. Many people here are nervous, because they are afraid to be evicted soon. The huge construction site of the “Belgrade Waterfront” gentrification project is coming closer and closer to the barracks.

We observed that Serbian police is doing a lot of ID checks around the main train station in Belgrade. Much more compared to the last time we were here (February 2017). We also spoke with people who were intimidated by Serbian cops, especially close to the borders. People who are supporting refugees there hear sentences like: ‘The next time we see you here, we will arrest you! ”

That makes the conditions people are working in even more difficult, but the motivation to continue the work with refugees is high.

If you want to support our work with refugees, please donate.

Paypal account: carsofhopewtal@gmx.de

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Hungerstreik in NUK Flüchtlingsunterkunft am Hüttenweg in Dahlem

Willkommensbündnis Steglitz-Zehlendorf erklärt sich solidarisch:

Seit heute befinden sich Bewohnerinnen und Bewohner der Sporthalle am Hüttenweg 43 in Dahlem im Hungerstreik. Sie wollen damit für sich und ihre Familien gegen die menschenunwürdige Unterbringung protestieren und für die Verlegung in normalen Wohnraum kämpfen.

Dazu erklärt Günther Schulze vom zentralen Willkommensbündnis für Flüchtlinge in Steglitz-Zehlendorf: “Die hungerstreikenden Menschen aus dem Hüttenweg machen deutlich, dass endlich Schluss sein muss mit den seit vielen Monaten andauernden Vertröstungen des Senats über die Schließung dieser Notunterkünfte. Die dort nicht vorhandene Privatsphäre verhindert die Integration der Menschen, die bei uns Schutz und Perspektive suchen. Das Willkommensbündnis Steglitz-Zehlendorf ruft die Bürgerschaft auf, sich mit den Forderungen der Geflüchteten zu solidarisieren.”

In dem Zusammenhang verweist Schulze auf die vielen leerstehenden Gebäude im Bezirk, die schon lange als Wohnraum hätten umgebaut werden können. Beispielhaft dafür stehen die Gebäude an der Thielallee in Dahlem. Über deren Zukunft als Unterkünfte für Flüchtlinge hatte im vergangenen April der damalige Senator Czaja in einer öffentlichen Anwohnerversammlung noch geschwärmt. “Danach ist das Vorhaben leider sang- und klanglos in der Versenkung verschwunden”, so Schulze. Stattdessen gibt es nun ebenfalls schon seit langer Zeit Pläne, weitere Containersiedlungen zu errichten. Wann diese in Betrieb genommen werden und dann auch die Geflüchteten aus den Sporthallen aufnehmen können, ist nach Aussage von Schulze unklar: “Aktuell gibt es dafür nur ein Zeitfenster von März 2017 bis Januar 2018.”

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Reactions to the break out of the Lager at Osloerstr. 23

After the rise up of the people living in the Lager at Osloerstr. 23 two weeks ago (link), a lot of things are happening in a very short time: the company administrating the lager, BTB Bildungszentrum, and LAF (the new LAGeSo) are really afraid about the propagation of these protests, and here we share with you and make public some of the consequences of this first protest. First of all, the supporters of the protest organized by the people living in the Lager are getting bans (Hausverbot) that don’t allow them to visit the families and play with the children, as they have been doing for over a year. The families and the children are very angry with the administration of the Lager, specially with Mark Held, the Heimleiter. Mr. Held is lying all the time to everybody: for example, he says to the people from Lager Mobilisation Group that now they are asking everybody who wants to visit a friend to sign a contract, but when someone not belonging to the group tries to enter, no contract is required. Prohibiting the entrance of the friends of the people living in the Lager only segregates them even more, and goes against the integration principles that are supposed to guide the work of the companies administrating the Lagers.

osloerstr lager protest

Secondly, the company BTB Bildungszentrum is having now emergency meetings: they are afraid of loosing a big business with the administration of the Lager that gives them around 100 000 € of benefits per month (after paying costs, salaries, etc.), and yesterday, on Wednesday the 8th of December, the boss of the company, Frauke Behrens, was visiting the Lager to see what’s going on.

But she was not alone in the Lager: also workers from the state like Noemi Majer (Koordinatorin für Flüchtlingsfragen Integrationsbüro) and Sascha Langenbach (second hand of the president of LAF -the new LAGeSo) where also visiting the Lager with translators, so that they could talk directly with the people living there.

After their visit to the Lager, we were able to talk a little bit with them. This was very productive: for example Mr. Langenbach thought that BTB earns 15 € per person and day. He is wrong: BTB actually earns 47,28 € per person per day, which makes over 1400 € per person every month (!). We can multiply by the 130 people that are living in this Lager to get an idea of the nice business that this Lager is for the company BTB. Another thing that Mr. Langenbach was saying is that he doesn’t understand how this situation, with thousands of people living in NUK (and this are just the numbers of Berlin), is not escalating and propagating to different Lagers. They are aware that this will happen soon, and that’s why they are all afraid.

The people living in the camp just want this horrible Lager in Osloerstr. 23, ran by Mark Held from BTB, to be closed. They are suffering a lot of pressure, their living conditions are more and more stressful, and the only thing they are asking for is having a place were they can stay peacefully, rest after the horrible experiences that they had to live (not only in their country and in their way to Germany, but also here), and start integrating in the society. In this link one can read their concrete demands.
So the questions are: when will this business finish? When will a real process of integration start?

soap bubbles at osloerstr lager

Eviction day at #Bornitzstr102 : the true face of “human rights”, “democracy”, “justice” and “freedom”

Posted originally in abriraqui

Yesterday night, I went to visit my friends at #Bornitzstr102, with another friend, somehow I needed to share with someone what the last 2 weeks have been for people at the Lager.

When trying to get in, yesterday, the security told me, no they cannot receive visits, they are going to be expelled, they have no right to stay here. It was 20h, my eyes wide open, “two days ago, it was the same situation, and I could visit them without problem” I said, “today we’ve been told, they cannot receive any visit”, so for the sake of a job, they were carrying out orders. Finally another person that I know, came to pick me up, he is staying in the Lager, so finally I went in. What happened after, maybe I’ll write it in another moment. Now, I feel this preventing people from receiving visits was a premonition of what was going to happen today.

19.06.2016 at 11am, a friend sent me a what’sup, “the police is here and wants us to go”, I was trying to work, so I didn’t read this message until almost two hours later. When I read it, I thought “Oh fuck!!!!”. I answered and said “I’m coming”, I finished what I was doing, I stood up and went there. There were several police cars, blue lights on, some standing at the entrance, some in the hall, others in the first floor, the floor of the ones resisting, in whole maybe around 15 policemen. I called my friend and said “I’m here, but you need to pick me up, they will let me in to visit you”.

While waiting for him to come down, I had to see how one of the securities, a big guy, that having a shit job, at this moment felt he had power on the refugees, said to one person sitting in the hall, “out, go out, you cannot be here”, the guy just sitting said in just body language, I’m waiting, “you have to leave, you had two leave 2 weeks ago, so now out!!!!”. I asked the security, “is he not a person?, is not any other way to treat people? do you think that is ok?”, he changed his voice, from this “I have the power little piece of shit” voice, to a “this is a visitor I have to calm down before I get in trouble” voice and said calmly “well, he cannot stay here any longer, he has to leave”.

In between they came to pick me up, so I’m not sure if the security threw this guy right away or if he waited.

Once I was inside, as I went up the stairs, I saw how 5-6 policemen were surrounding one of the people and “showing” him the way. He could not move, he could not stop to say bye to some of the people still in one of the rooms, they accompanied him to the door. Already after 10 minutes in the Lager, my body got stiff, anger, impotence, rage were settling inside me. They told me, that some of the people had gone out in the morning, and now they could not go inside to pick up their staff. Another friend with medical problems was in his rooms, the fact of the police throwing him out had affected his diabetes, he got a peak, to the level of being at risk of heart attack, finally they took him to the hospital. Once his situation was under control, he came back (around 2-3h later), he could not enter the Lager. I guess that the thoughts of the workers at the Lager were “we are doing our job, we are good citizens, we follow the rules”. Again and again only one thought has being going on through my brain, “where the hell has humanity gone to, to justify everything on the name of a shit job?” “what the hell has happened with humanity not to consider humans other people, to treat them worse that animals?”, even rats are treated with care not get harmed while refugees, must cope with everything. OMG!!!!!

During the day, I could do nothing but accompany, my first idea was to try to do some “citizen journalism”, to try to make the “outside world” aware of what was going there, but there were no words to express it, what goes inside these jails is too deep, how souls are broken for the sake of business is too scary, to repeat it on an on, and see that there is no reaction it’s too hard. Almost nobody cared in 2 weeks of what was going on at #Bornitzstr102, I must say I’m very very thankful to a bunch of people that have reacted immediately, no questions, just support, to the point they could, we are not heroes, we can do almost nothing, but to feel that you are not alone, is already a lot, at least for me.

So yes, I tried to, every now and then, have my twitter account updated, but as my friend said, now is over. He said that, but he stayed in the same room, watching for the things of his friends, he said, “I will not move when they want me to move”, he also exchanged with another friend “at least we fought a bit, we didn’t stayed cross armed“. In between, we chatted, we laughed, one young entered the room and said “hola, comos esta?”, then I asked “oh, you speak Spanish?” he told me “no, I don’t but my father does”. Ten minutes later, he passed me his phone, to speak to him. It took me by surprise, “now, in Spanish?”, “yes”, and I spent talking 5 minutes in a perfect Spanish with his father still living in Syria. “Cuando vayamos a ver a nuestro hijo, me dices qué quieres de Siria y te lo llevamos”, he told me. That’s the world where we live, in permanent contact, between wars, physical in Syria, psychological in Germany. The young guy tells me, “I don’t have a place to invite my parents, I live in this Lager, can you help me to find a flat?”. I thought about housing situation in Berlin and said, “people that want to live here don’t have it easy, not matter their status, the city is being sold to tourists and rich people”. Maybe is not the best thing to say, but is what it’s happening.

Hours passed in a cold room, with no electricity, in a floor with no water (toilets), just to make sure that if people wanted to stayed they would have to suffer. Punishment for those who resist and rise their voice against injustice. At some point a group of people entered the room, they explained to us that the police had asked for the “Ausweis” of 8-10 people and taken their names to open them a police case, the reason not clear, they will have to wait for the post at Kopenicker Allee to know what are the charges. The goal of opening a police case to people that have stayed peacefully in their heim, is just one, punishment, without the language and not knowing where to go, the police case will turn out to be a fine, to increase the money of public funds, that’s the perfect way of giving a public image of generosity to then steal the money back in a hidden way from the weakest link.

It was late afternoon already, but my friend remained sitting in the same chair, “I don’t have energy for anything”, he even had to stop talking, then he said “My uncle has died today in Syria, is too much in one day”. We talked a bit about Syria, his region, he said “when we came here we were surprised that it was like Syria before the war, is not so different” (in relation to the so called “development”, but in relation to humanity, we agreed, “here people is too cold, they don’t want any contact, they don’t care about people. The only friendly people that have helped us are not from here”. My back started hurting, too many hours sitting, so I stood up for a while, the body was still stiff, but that will last some days, I just needed to deal with my back, it was better if I didn’t leave the room, now the security was angry and maybe they would throw me out if they saw me in that room. I walked up and down the room, I saw they staff in rubbish bags, they didn’t even have time to get some bags to put their things inside, they were not given bed sheets, everything was upside down in the room, as their lives, as our souls.

It was already dark, we light the room with the smartphones, someone brought some food, we sat on the floor, then one said “I’ll do something crazy”, we were eating and suddenly we started hearing the sounds of the forest, cicadas, crickets, the wind in the forest, an owl … we started laughing …. yes we could imagine ourselves in the middle of nowhere, eating some fast food, everything dark, isolated and abandoned.

Tomorrow, for those who didn’t manage to go to Lageso today, their morning will be a queue and uncertainty inside a modern building, then maybe the streets. Sometimes the streets are a more honourable places than Lagers, even if it’s difficult to understand.

Human rights, democracy, justice, freedom are illusions.

Another day at Lager in Bornitzstr 102. Waiting the police

Refugee Protest in Bornitzstr. Notunterkunft

Refugee Protest – Lager in Bornitzstr. 102 Berlin

from abriraqui

In the post from yesterday I was saying that maybe today (07.10.2016) in the morning they police would come and proceed with the eviction.

It didn’t happen, but it does not mean anything. Early morning the employers from PeWoBe knocked at the door of people’s room asking them to move, to go out of their rooms, they said “No, we are not moving”. After some time, the day movement started and people went outside, into the garden or to the front door, they were not going any where. They will stay.

Today no visits are allowed inside the Lager, no friends, no press, nobody can go inside. So I stayed outside and met my friend from the day before, and then continued chatting with people that was around. There is an inmense need to talk, to be heard, to express how the feel about how they are treated, all of them agreed, “they treat us like animals“. The strategy of threating people, just causes one effect, they get angry and get empowered to resist, to talk loud.

One guy came to me and said, “I know you”, I answered “mmm maybe”, he started talking, they’ve seen enough shit in their lives already (this was a young guy, early twenties), 8 cousins of him got kill by one bomb in one day, what’s going to scare them?, they won’t move, that’s the common feeling. He continues “they are all bastards, they’ve threatened us with Haus Verbot, who cares!! I won’t move”, he also explains, “we are 122 people we can block a street if we have to stay outside”. After a while we remembered where we had met,  he is friend of another guy that I met in another Lager, small world and nice to see the connections.

A lot of movement was going on, people coming and going,  some women, the bosses of PeWoBe also were coming in, people really dislike them, they say again “they think we are animals”, but as many pointed out, “we are engineers, teachers, nurses,etc… we came here only because of the war”.

One of them tells me, he had lived in Turkey several years, he speaks Turkish, so he got a job in a Turkish restaurant, he works, he earns his own money, he does not depend on Lageso’s money, but he can’t get a room or a house, and in the Lager they don’t even keep the dinner for him, even knowing that he comes from work late.

Many are already in the Job center, that is they’ve been recognised as refugees, but nothing changes, another case, he has permission to find a room fro over 3 years, he was not able to get it, “what can be done? why do they tell lies to us?” he asks.

Inside the building people are talking, discussing what to do next, resist and try to stay or accept the transfer. The following video shows that atmosphere inside.

The day is rainy, cold, disquieting. Basically there are no supporters, but there is some press, a couple of media. Let’s see if something can be done.

Notunterkunft Bornitzstr.102 BerlinIn between, Markus brought us some tea outside, it was sooooo nice of him, and it did us so good, after some hours, the cold gets really inside, the fingers start get rigid, from the feet comes the direct cold of the ground, so to drink something hot was great!

Now I’m leaving again to go there, later I’ll continue.

Back again, I’ll continue with what has been a long day. While being outside and drinking our tea, more stories and thoughts were said. Some of them were threaten in their countries by official army, daesh, etc, there was no way to stay, behind they had to leave a whole life, family, friends, jobs that made them happy. One day they just had to start to way to Europe, under a promise of the “German dream”, after the way walking, traveling by sea, continue walking through the Balkan route until reaching Germany. And now what? All placed in crowded Lagers, under bad hygienic conditions, given bad food, suffering the pressure of the manager, receiving little help from social workers (except very special cases, that end up resigning due to differences with the company running the Lager), not able to get a job, to get a house even if they are recognised as refugees, to study. In this Lager, what was the German classroom, that had a library has become a room for 12 people, and the German lesson inside the Lager were canceled.

As Markus says “we come from a physical war to a psychological war”. That is what Europe is doing a psychological war on refugees.

Another guy joins the conversation, he starts explaining the living conditions in Kopenicker Alle Lager. His face is so white that I have the feeling he can faint, he is nervous, very stressed because of what is going on, of how they are treated as animals. He starts describing the Lager where they are supposed to be transfered to, in each room there are 12 people, there are no keys in the room, nor in the lockers, “I don’t care about money or things like handy, computers, etc .. but I need a safe place to keep all my diplomas. I’m a computer engineer”, the toilets are outside the Lager, when they were there to visit, he needed to go to the toilet, there were 13 people queuing in the cold and rain. He continued, “inside is like being in a jail, is like Guantanamo. We are not animals, we want human rights not animal rights. That place is so dirty, it has not been clean since World War I”, he also explained that the Lager is in the middle of nowhere, it took 30 minutes to walk to the first bus stop, then another half hour to get to the Sbahn that after 3 station will leave you in the East of Berlin, which means that if you have to cross the city for any paperwork, attend classes it will take another hour at least to get to the final place.

Refugee Protest in Bornitzstr. 102 Berlin Session

In another corner, while we were talking, woman from Lageso conving people to leaveIn another corner, while we were talking, the woman from Lageso (a group of people from Lageso have spent the whole day in the Lager trying to convince people to move to Kopenicker Alle Lager)  comes outside and people start asking why are they treating them like that, what have they done, why are they lying to them, there are two floor in the current Lager being renovated and finish, why don’t they just move them to the upper floors, why are people being transfered while other people are getting registered… a big amount of questions are in everybody’s mind. There is only one answer, you will have to move, you can do it voluntarily or by force. There is no reasoning behind, no arguments, no explanations, I guess they think why should they explain themselves to this animals, the logics of power and business, the big business that refugees are in Germany right now.

I feel sad to see and not understand why people, good people are treated like this, is the same story that repeats itself Lager after Lager, there is nothing new in any of what I heard, is just new the people that tell it. On the other had I’m happy to have got in contact with the people in this Lager, maybe to have found new friends,  today was a long day but a nice day, at the end of the day it was clear the the transfer would not be done nor today nor during the weekend, probably on Monday they will try again.

Sometimes people ask, but if we go what can we do? resisting means not moving, so “no action” is taking place, I will always say, just come and sit and chat with people that are resisting, let  them know that there are people who care about what happens to them, that they are human and we always can provide human warmth, accompanying is also very political.

122 people are pending eviction from Lager Bornitzstr. 102 run by PeWoBe #refugeesWelcome #Berlin

 

Refugee Protest in Bornitzstr. Berlinfrom abriraqui

Today at around 16h I received a call. Someone had notified Lager Mobilisation Group, that 122 people living in the Lager (a camp) at Bornitzstr 102 (Lichtenberg – Berlin) were going to be evicted from this Lager and transfer to another Lager at Köpenicker Allee 164. No reasons were argued, they would be just thrown out.

The day was Grey, rainy, unpleasant, cold. I live close by and I had a couple of hours, I prepared my phone, took an extra-charger, checked my Internet speed connection and then went to check what was going on.

As I was arriving at the lager, I saw a couple of police vans and a bus with the doors open, as waiting for people to get in.

police at lagerpolice at lager

The contact was a Syrian refugee, once I was at the door I called him. He came with a couple of friends, almost without introducing ourselves, they started telling me what was happening. There was unrest in their words, they talked almost non-stop, their faces were worried. It took me some minutes to react and try to put some order in my thoughts of what to do. My only thought, what can I do, I’m not a lawyer, I’m not in any making-decision position, so I can only try one thing to make the situation visible. So I took my note book, a pencil and my phone.

Everything started yesterday (05.10.2016) , 122 people were told to pack their things, since they would be transfered to a much better lager. They assured them that if they didn’t like it they could come back. The information given was almost none, the reasons of the transfer, unknown. On one side they were told that they could close part of the building and that then they were starting moving part of them. This contradicts the fact that today, 3 new families arrived to the Lager. The refugees asked for a paper that explained, that proof that it was an official decision and not an arbitrary decision made by the company running the lager, PeWoBe. An aside before continuing, PeWoBe had several times appeared in the press because of the denigrating behaviour they had towards refugees in the lagers. This coincides with what our friend also was telling us, about how the social workers that were good people and cared for them and helped them were fired, 2 had been fired in the last months, and there are rumors that the one left has been also fired, although he could not confirm it.

They continued telling me, that a couple of them had gone to check this new, fantastic new lager, where they were going to be transfered, to check if really it was that nice. The visit was terrifying, the lager at Köpenicker Allee 164, was crowded, more than 800 people are already living there, the toilets are outside the building, which means to freeze in winter, literally they told me, “It was shit!”. So once this small group returned, they decided that they would resist and they would not leave on the buses. Among the 122 people are mainly single men and women, although a couple of families will also be evicted and a pregnant woman with her child. All nationalities are mixed, they are from Syria, Iran, Albania, Afghanistan, Pakistan and some Africans. “We are numbers, for them we are just numbers”, that’s how they described the situation, since nobody clarified anything.

We were outside, but I asked them if I could go inside with them and see the situation. “No problem, just follow me”. Once we entered the building, there were several policemen.

policemen insideI’m not sure what were they doing there, we didn’t stop, just went in. Later they told me, that they had been talking with the policemen to explain, that the thing was that they didn’t know why were they moving them, that the other Lager was much worse and that they would not move. This friend said that the police was shocked with this, since they had also been told that it was to go to a better place, but that in any case, they were just doing their job ( — side comment — I guess that one’s mind and sense of justice doesn’t work on working hours).

Once inside,  everything is heartbreaking, aseptic walls, corridors, in one floor you could already see, rubbish bags full with personal belonging all over the place mixed with strollers and children’s toys.

They took me, what I guess is normally the dining room. It was full of people, maybe 50-60 people. “This peoplgroup of people at lagere are part of the people that have been thrown out, but we will resist, we won’t go“. “Can we start a protest right now?” they asked me, followed by “Can they evict us by force, can they use the force, is it legal?“. I tried to explain that what is legal is not necessarily what they do, we are seeing daily how the authorities skip legality with total impunity. People in this room where coming and going. “Today they didn’t give us food. We didn’t have anything to eat”, that is part of the threats that the management have been menacing them, what other things could they do, we don’t know, but one thing is clear people working at this Lager have threaten refugees, if they don’t leave the lager without complain.

The friend I was talking with said, he had been living there for 1 year and 2 months, most of them had been staying there long, there had not been conflicts, at most some small discussions. Five months ago, the management of the Lager said, they would do some renovations in floors 4th and 5th, to improve their living conditions, for this reason they were squashed in floors 2nd and 3rd. In every room there are between 6-8 people. They accepted this situation since they thought it would be temporary, now they realised it was a lie.  Many of them have already the status of refugee, but they are still in lagers under control of private companies, even if they are already under Job Center.

 

 

I had to go, so I left them, exchanging numbers to keep in touch and saying that I would explain what was going on, with the hope, that we, as people, can help each other and prevent their transfer to another lager.

Tomorrow Friday 07.10.2016, early in the morning police is expected to take them to the other lager, but maybe we can do something about it, right?

 

 

 

 

DEMO Montag 11.07. 2016, 11 Uhr, Jahnsporthalle zum Rathaus Neukölln

Flüchtlingsprotest JahnsporthalleBeschluss steht. Morgen um 11:00 Demo von der #Jahnsporthalle zum Rathaus Neukölln.

Die Leute aus der Halle schlafen seit 2 Tagen auf der Straße, weigern sich in das Lager am Tempelhofer Feld zu ziehen und wollen morgen eine Lösung erzwingen. Massive Unterstützung wäre hilfreich !

Treffpunkt ab 11 Uhr, Jahnsporthalle, Columbiadamm 192, Neukölln
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Yesterday was a special day for berlin. We occupied or streets back. The former inhabitants of the lager has occupied the street in front of it, because the threw them out and want to force them in the shithole of berlin. But people say no thanks. We also have the right to have a ok living space. They already made their occupation the second day and there was a lot of people coming for visit and solidarity.  Allot of friends see each other again after long time. This is rebirth of Resistance and all freedom fighters come for supporting.

So people, let’s gather together in front of the sporthalle (colombiadamm before tempelhof airport) and help to push this forward.

Together we are strong.

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