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07.04.2021: Justice for Rita! Abolish all Lagers!

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Our request for a rally to honour the memory of the day our sister Rita went missing, was refused by the police. The reason was the high rising Corona infection cases in the district of Elber-Elster.

For us, to mark this day this day was and still is very important because of the many unanswered questions surrounding the disappearance and for our campaign “No Lager for women and children, Abolish all Lagers!”. We will not accept that refugee women should simply disappear into thin air and the next thing you know is that their charred remains are found 200 meters away from these isolated lagers.

This is why we decided to involve a lawyer to appeal for the rejection. Time was not on our side at that time. Nevertheless, a small group of us decided to travel to Hohenleipisch, hoping that the court would grant permission to hold a rally in front of the camp before we got there.

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In memory of Rita Ojunge

“When someone you love becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasure.” That’s why we invite you all to join us on 07.04.21 for the memorial rally for Rita Ojunge in Hohenleipisch.

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY IN COTTBUS 2021!

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Cottubus here we are and we are many!!

As we continue to focus on helping women gain full and equal participation in the global development, the memory of our loved ones who were discriminated and eliminated are still fresh. Our question is “how will we shape a more equal future for Women while refugee women are silently dying in the isolated camps, perpetrators still enjoying their freedom and no Justice to the victims? AREN’T WE WOMEN? 

We continue to demand justice for Rita, the continuation of the investigation and the abolition of all camps!

We need adequate prevention, law enforcement and sanctioning of feminicides. The lives of refugee women count!!

Call for our action on 8.3.21 in Cottbus

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On April 7th, 2019, our sister Rita Ojunge disappeared. Rita was living with her children in a Lager for refugees in Hohenleipisch, Brandenburg. After her disappearance, Rita’s family wanted to know what had happened. The refugees living in her Lager demanded justice for Rita and the closing of the Lager – which is still in very bad condition and absolutely isolated, surrounded by a forest.

The police were reluctant to search for Rita’s whereabouts. Finally, two whole months after Rita had disappeared, the police started to search for her. They found her remains just 200m away from the Lager, in the forest. The racist lack of investigation continues.

Now, two years after Rita’s murder, the prosecutor’s office might close her case and the Lager in Hohenleipisch is still not abolished.

That is why Women in Exile & Friends are inviting you to join our antiracist and feminist Demo in Cottbus on March 8th, the International Women’s Day. The meeting point will be Cottbus Hauptbahnhof Northside at 10am.

Let us commemorate Rita Ojunge and may she rest in perfect peace and power!

Let us all continue to demand justice, the continuation of the investigation and the abolishment of all Lager!

We need proper prevention, prosecution and sanctioning of Feminicides. Refugee womens lives matter!

Lets come together, be many who care and support each other!

No more Morias – Abolish the Lagersystem!

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We condemn the European Union for its war against refugees!

We condemn that Moria was build in order to neglect basic human needs.

To quote an NGO worker. “At a time when we hear from the European Union: ‘no more Moria’, a new Moria has been built and the conditions – as far as we hear from the people inside – are worse than at the previous camp.” “There seems to be a very clear agenda linked to the migration pact and the European Union’s direction, which is of containment”.

Moria is not an exception.

Refugee camps are scattered all over Europe in line with the policy of militarised extrnalisation of borders and fortress europe.

Women*, minors and people from the LGBTIQ* community are particularly vulnerable to these harsh conditions. The refugees living in the camps at the european border are going through all types of harships in the heart of Europe: living outside, suffering the winter draughts and instead of being given dignified accommodation they are being pushed back.

We call for the immediate evacuation of all people from the camps on the EU’s external borders and for dignified accommodation in host countries and municipalities.

For Women in Exile; it is not a secret, how it feels to live in camps.

We have no privacy, live isolated and the risk of getting sexually and physically abused is so much higher.

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Our solidarity breaking the borders!

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Please donate to help us keep our own Safer Space – a meeting place for refugee women* to break the isolation in the camps! We would like to be able to keep it in 2021.

In the link-video, you are able to see why this place is a very important meeting place especially for the refugee women*, and what activities took place in 2020 despite Corona.

Thank you for supporting our campaign!

Thank you letter

Dear friends, supporters and all newly curious people,

This year 2020 is heading to its end and as for most people and organizations also for us it brought a lot of changes, challenges and chances.

It was quite different than other years but due to our courage and your great support and solidarity we could and are facing the challenges successfully.

The year started greatly for us and thanks to your help, we were able to open our safe space for refugee women* at Hermannstr. 22. We warmly thank all who contributed to make this possible. Especially this year it has served as our refuge, our key place, a space to break the isolation in the lagers and even with social distancing, we used this space to organize ourselves to fight for refugee women rights. Mostly our meetings had to happen online or in bigger spaces, but our work has still continued.

It was hard that we couldn’t visit the women in the Lagers (visitors are forbidden since march) but we got some insights on the situation via video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tuA09OPqS18

Continue reading Thank you letter

Thank you letter

Dear friends, supporters and all newly curious people,

This year 2020 is heading to its end and as for most people and organizations also for us it brought a lot of changes, challenges and chances.

It was quite different than other years but due to our courage and your great support and solidarity we could and are facing the challenges successfully.

The year started greatly for us and thanks to your help, we were able to open our safe space for refugee women* at Hermannstr. 22. We warmly thank all who contributed to make this possible. Especially this year it has served as our refuge, our key place, a space to break the isolation in the lagers and even with social distancing, we used this space to organize ourselves to fight for refugee women rights. Mostly our meetings had to happen online or in bigger spaces, but our work has still continued.

It was hard that we couldn’t visit the women in the Lagers (visitors are forbidden since march) but we got some insights on the situation via video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tuA09OPqS18

Continue reading Thank you letter

Refugee women in initial reception centers : Escape from violence into violence

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Geflüchtete Frauen in Erstaufnahmelagern: Flucht vor Gewalt in Gewalt

Victim Blaming Report from RBB on our Rally 25.11.20 at Eisenhüttenstadt

On the international day for the elimination of the violence against women we – Women in Exile & Friends – and supporters, held a rally against Eisenhüttenstadt camp. We were demanding justice for Rita and said loud and clear: lagers are not a safe place for women and children!

In our press release we talked of reports of rapes and sexual harassment against hetero-women and lesbians, which are occurring in Eisenhüttenstadt despite of the so called “safe house” block 18 which is supposed to house vulnerable refugees.

It is a shame that the RBB reporter Marie Stumpf, after making interviews with some of us, does not quote or refers to our PR. She only quoted the white German male Manager of ZABH and ignored our reasons and demands concerning this Lager. Secondly, she reports that the woman who survived rape, went to a party in the neighbouring men block. Does she want to tell us that women should get raped if they want to party with men? Does she by any chance know, how it feels to live in isolation? Has she ever lived in such a camp? Sure, she also interviewed one of the security men and the manager, who ask the women to stay in their room in the so called „protection house “in order to keep safe.

This is blaming the victim! Marie Stumpf: you silenced our antiracist feminist protest and blamed the victim. When other million women were matching to condemn the violence and act worldwide, she comes and justifies the rape acts in the camps.

Dear Marie Stumpf, dear RBB: You should clarify, that all sorts of violence against FLINT – no matter the venue – is to be condemned.

@Marie Stumpf and @RBB24: No lager for women and children, abolish all lagers!!