The weather in Berlin does not feel like summer at all (more like a rainy windy October). Meanwhile, down in the Med, the number of people risking the journey over the sea from Africa to Italy continues apace, and – you’ve seen this movie before – so does the inevitable litany of shipwrecks, heartbreaking scenes and tragedy in the water. This is the topic of our main interview in this episode, which has the catchy title of:
“People are dying every day, every minute, because of us”
This is a quote from Leyla Dakhli, a researcher at the Centre Marc Bloch at Humboldt University in Berlin, talking about the tragedies unfolding almost every day on the shores of Lampedusa (the little island between Libya and Italy). We talked to her after the film preview of “Fire at Sea” which won the Golden Bear at the Berlinale Film Festival this year. It shows in no uncertain terms the reality of the tragedies that are happening on Europe’s southern frontier.
It’s a dramatic quote, but we all have our share of responsibility in those deaths.
After all, our governments could put more time, effort and money into rescuing migrants. The media could continue to report and raise awareness about the situation on our borders. Citizens have the power to put pressure on their representatives, to protest against certain policies and to ensure society welcomes refugees.
Migrants can’t fight for themselves when they are fighting for their survival. This is why they need you – and you can help. There are a bunch of really good refugee support organisations out there: AsylumAid, <a href="http://www.actionaid.org/" target="_blank" data-saferedirecturl="https://www.google.com/url?hl=en&q=http://www generic viagra for sale in usa.actionaid.org/&source=gmail&ust=1472031761490000&usg=AFQjCNHJWxBZXl9c884-kVs6w1ea6jcTzA”>ActionAid, Waging Peace, MSF Sea, Sea Watch or SOS Mediterranée. They all accept donations. You don’t need that second pair of trainers. There are solidarity organisations that you can join, wherever in the world you are. Solidarity is the biggest weapon we have.
Enjoy this week’s episode. We’ll be back in two weeks with more.