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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.

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Power misuse of the lager management

Newsletter #17

Some weeks ago Opferperspektive shared the situation of a lager in Rangsdorf, a family had been harassed by the manager of the Lager. We went to visit them in their new lager to listen from their own voice what had happened.

At the door we had a first clash, security was asking only for the id-cards of the non-germans.. We ended the discussion at the manager’s office , which literally said “this is my lot and it’s done what I say”. This is the attitude of a employer of a private enterprise working for local Government and under the rule of this mind-set people are living refugees for years.

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Justice for Rita!

Newsletter #17

Having to live in isolation in the lagers, we as refugee women* are exposed to all kinds of sexual harassment and violence from men both inside and outside the Lagers. It is a pity that, we, Women in Exile after concentrating our fights on the campaign “No Lager for Women and Children! Abolish all Lagers!” and encouraging refugee women to report sexual related violent cases to the authorities including rape; we have in addition to all that a murder of one of us, namely “RITA”!!

The violence comes from fellow refugees, security personnel and German citizens living in the surrounding areas. Before her murder, Rita lived in the Hohenleipisch camp for more than 7 years, this is one of the camps which is situated in the middle of nowhere and for many years has been a focus of many demonstration from us and other activists in Brandenburg asking for its closure. The location of the camp meant Rita`s murderer did not have to go far to dispose her body. This why we demand answers on:

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Building Bridges 2019 – Thank you! Merci! Danke! Gracias! شكر, ممنون, …

Newsletter #17

Some of us were very informed and present when Oplatz was occupied by the refugees in 2012 who participated in the march from Würzburg (Bavaria) to Berlin. This is the reason why we decided to hold this festival there having in mind that feminism is for everybody.It was no secret that we got real excited when we managed to get permission to hold our summer festival at the Oplatz. This was due to the historic connection it has with the refugee movement and we couldn`t have a better topic than calling it “Building Bridges Festival”.

It is a pity though from some of the comments and hearsay, that some groups, activists and individuals perceived it as a refugee women activity. At this point, we would like to say a big “THANK YOU” to all those who supported us in different fields (financially, facilitation of workshops, translations, childcare, cooking, cleaning, security, spaces in the neighbourhood, entertainment, publicity, building and demolishing the tents etc.) as groups or individuals and of course the participants. Together we managed to make a successful and memorable three day festival.

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Amnesty Now and for all!!

Newsletter #16

The German Basic Law Art.1 , obliges the state to respect and protect the dignity of all human beings, Art.2 is about personal freedom, Art.3, is about equality of the law and Art.4, is about freedom of faith and conscience. Therefore, we are taking the 70th anniversary of its entry into force as an opportunity to demand amnesty for a right to stay as a step towards a policy that finally takes these claims seriously.

The basic law in Germany has its 70th anniversary this year and there will be state celebrations.Unfortunately, not everybody living in Germany has the privileges of celebrating or is part of this happening. In fact, many people, including refugees, who could benefit from the consistent implementations of the German Basic Law, which is purportedly supposed to protect everybody without discrimination, are not even aware of their rights.

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Building Bridges Festival – 26.-28.07.2019

Newsletter #16

In the last years we have focused our actions on breaking borders, outwards and inwards. Now we want to build bridges between diversities. The Festival will take place in Oranienplatz, well known by the refugee movement. It was the arrival point after a march all over Germany to fight against Residenzpflicht, lagers, deportations and for the right to stay, to study and to work. At that time some successes were achieved. But now Residenzpflicht is back, deportations are massive, there are new police laws using racial profiling or AnKER centers mean greater loss of rights and worse living conditions – traumatizing generations.

We come back to Oplatz as a refugee women’s group to create awareness of the worsening situation through which refugee women are going through in the lagers. We want to make visible the structural racism and build bridges to other non-refugee women. We believe that to be able to build bridges we need to be aware of our differences and respect them.

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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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Interview: “Living with cervical cancer”

Newsletter #16

My name is Margrit and I came to Germany some years ago as an asylum seeker. I applied for my asylum in Eissenhüttenstadt. During my stay in Eissenhüttensadt I shared a room with other asylum seekers from different countries.  Before I was transferred to the next lager I started having complications in my body.

This did not bother me a lot because I thought the reasons could be change of weather, food and the stressful situation of asylum seeking. I thought these body changes and complications were because I have just arrived in the country and will go away as soon as I get used to them.

The pain grew more and I had to seek doctor’s help. I was met with shock as he detected cervical cancer and I couldn’t swallow the bitter truth that faced me; I got traumatised and depressed. My strength and hopes were dimmed since this was not my expectations and being in a new country and as a refugee was hard to figure out how my life will be.

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