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Humanity instead of a Bureaucracy of neglect

On 14.09.2022, we did a follow-up visit to the family of A. from Syria, who has been
living in a Lager in Gusow-Platkow in Märkisch-Oderland, Brandenburg. We reported the
the situation of family A. to the Brandenburg Social Minister, Frau Nonnemacher and the
Integration commissioner of Brandenburg, Frau Lemmermeier, during our meeting as
members of the network of the Strategy Group on Housing.
We encourtered this family during our Lager visit in April 2022. Our follow-up visit was
delayed by the planning and execution of our «International Summer conference» in early
August. During this follow-up visit, we realised nothing has changed and actually the family
thought we had forgotten them.
In our last Newsletter nr. 25, we reported how this family is living in a miserable and difficult
conditions, in an old bungalow, with their three disabled family members in wheelchairs.
When it is raining, water drips in and some dangerous insects sometimes find their way
The pictures and short video attached to this report show how this family lives.

We aim and wish to see this family assisted not only in getting a barrier-free flat and
professional people to help the mother in the daily care of the disabled children but also in
getting their right to stay. This is just one case of many, showing, that we need
humanity and not a Bureaucracy of neglect.

Pelvic floor


The floor of the pelvis is made up of layers of muscle and other tissues. These layers stretch like a hammock from the tail bone at the back, to the pubic bone in front. A woman’s pelvic floor muscles support her bladder, womb (uterus) and bowel (colon). All these organs are very close to each other and are connected. The pelvis has holes for passages to pass through, that is the vagina, ovaries and the fallopian tubes.
The rectum demonstrates the relationship to the muscles of the pelvic floor within its openings for urethra, vagina and rectum.

The musculature of the pelvic floor acts as a cradle for the bladder, the uterus and the rectum/small intestine and keeps these organs in their correct position. The pelvis operates only well when it is relaxed not very strong and not too weak.

When women are aroused, the erective tissues makes harder and thicker lips and the clitoris swells. The clitoris stretches inside the body that is why the erection is not as obvious from outside as for men.

When the uterus works a lot it can cause pains. For menstruation women needs more strength. To relax a little, it is recommended to take warm herbal tea eg. Frauenmantel, pfefferminze.

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Pregnancy & birth; refugees and people without papers

Refugee women* haven’t been given the voice and chance to either say yes or no to their forced caesarean deliveries. They are discriminated against their reproductive justices because they don’t have the chance to explain themselves to the doctors compared to the non-refugee women* who happened to be heard, given options and counseling. These bring of course the attention of language barrier discrimination that again, is mostly denied to them.

The midwife from Medinetz; Frauke Schukat, reports how often she tries to tell the refugee women* through her meetings that they shouldn’t sign any document that they don’t understand.

Unfortunately many refugee women* are still being harassed and threatened by the hospital administrators to never go back to their hospitals if they refuse to sign the documents that have been handed over to them. The women* report that through the fear that usually are bestowed on them, they end up signing the documents for what ends up to be unnecessary c-section surgery.

We have been fighting for such a long time for all lagers to be abolished because through our experiences, we know that the hygiene measures are very poor and the regufee women* especially the pregnant ones or those who are freshly sent back home after their surgeries, have to go either upstairs or downstairs in order to use the shared amenities such as the kitchen, bathroom or toilet. that happen to be on different floors.

You as a reader, privileged or not, please let us together support refugee women*’s maternal rights!

Health Magazine

Health magazine

Our remarkable health magazine is now available online, and with just one click to the above link “Health magazine“, you’ll have access to it. However, one can possess the hard copies from our space at Hermannstr.22 on Tuesdays from noon or email us.
Have fun by reading!

Distance and hygiene rules for W.i.E.& F – meetings

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1. if you or your child has cold symptoms (cough, fever, sore throat, diarrhoea…), has tested positive for Covid 19 or has had contact with someone who has tested positive, please do not attend the meeting
2. maintain a minimum distance of 1,5 metres
3. if the minimum distance cannot be maintained, please wear a mask
3. indoor areas should always be adequately ventilated
4. sneeze or cough into the crook of your arm or into a handkerchief – and then dispose of the handkerchief in a waste bin
5. wash your hands for 20 seconds: a) when you come in from outside, b) after blowing your nose / sneezing / coughing, c) before going to the kitchen, d) before eating, e) after going to the toilet
6. please use the disinfectant provided
7. All participants* must leave their name and contact details
8. With my signature I confirm that I have read and accept the rules
Stay healthy!

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PM Sozialamt Märkisch-Oderland

Am 2.12.2019 haben vor dem Sozialamt Märkisch-Oderland in Vierlinden mehr als 50 Menschen demonstriert. Sie forderten die Gesundheitskarte für Geflüchtete von Anfang an und die Überweisung ihrer Sozialleistungen auf ein Konto. Märkisch-Oderland ist der einzige Landkreis in Brandenburg, der diese inhumane Praxis bis jetzt aufrecht erhält.

Der Protest wurde getragen von Betroffenen und Personen aus Selbstorganisationen, Willkommensinitativen sowie weiteren Gruppen aus Brandenburg und Berlin. Geschmückt mit einem großen Banner „Equal rights for all people – also in MOL!“ und „Stop police brutality!!!“ war ein Protest-Bus aus Brandenburg vor Ort. Geflüchteten berichteten über
ihre Lebenssituation, es wurde gemeinsam getanzt und gegessen.

Continue reading PM Sozialamt Märkisch-Oderland

Shock of becoming a mother

Newsletter #17

Since our health project started we have been sharing in our Newsletter different stories from different women which they have been experiencing in the health sector.

Recently we have produced a short film “TESTIMONIES FROM THE UTERUS” , where different refugee women are testifying on their living conditions and health situation. We continue to receive horrible stories and below is a testimony of a woman who is yet to recover from the shock of giving birth.

Continue reading Shock of becoming a mother

Testimonials from the Uterus: Gesundheitsfürsorge für geflüchtete Frauen in Berlin und Brandenburg

Stress, depression and trauma – Psychological Health for Refugee women

Our last health seminar was facilitated by experts for migrants and refugees from KommMit who offer psychological counseling for refugees in Berlin/Brandenburg.

Many women came with a lot of questions such as: can dizziness and sleeping problems be a psychological problem? I have a lot of stress and problems -What can I do ? How can I help somebody else? What can one do if psycho-therapy doesn’t help?

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Health Tribunal – Testimonies and Indictments on Lagers

Newsletter #16

We (Women in Exile and Friends) are among a few groups of organisations and individuals who have come together to plan a public hearing in the framework of the Permanent Peoples´ Tribunal established in Bologna in 1980. *1
Our focus is on health and a framing of the topic of human rights violations from a perspective of health and the health effects. Health is something everybody can relate to.

This alliance is to create a common struggle between refugee organisation and solidarity organisations. The groups and individuals are working with refugee and migrants on professional and/or activism level such as IPNNW, Boderline Europe, Medibüro, Respect, International Women Space and medical doctors. This public hearing will probably take place in early 2020 and will be charged to denounce the discrimination on medical sphere in Germany. In the tribunal we would like to show through testimonies and indictments how health issues in Germany are linked into social and political sphere.

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