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PM Desolate Situation nach ungeklärtem Tötungsdelikt in Flüchtlingsunterkunft: „Wir wollen einfach nur weg von hier“

Potsdam, 23. Juli 2019
Gemeinsame Pressemitteilung

Nach Tötungsdelikt in Hohenleipisch fordern Flüchtlinge ihren Auszug aus der Unterkunft Desolate Unterbringungssituation in Hohenleipisch steht seit Jahren in der Kritik Women in Exile und Flüchtlingsrat fordern: Die Flüchtlingsunterkunft mitten im Wald muss unverzüglich geschlossen werden!

Nach einem noch ungeklärten Tötungsdelikt in Hohenleipisch wenden sich Flüchtlinge heute mit einem Offenen Brief an die Öffentlichkeit und die zuständigen Behörden. Sie fordern ihren sofortigen Auszug aus der extrem isolierten Unterkunft in Hohenleipisch, in der die junge Mutter Rita O. bis zu ihrem Tod gelebt hatte. Ihre sterblichen Überreste waren am 20. Juni, Monate nach ihrem Verschwinden am 7. April, gefunden worden, die zögerliche Ermittlungsarbeit der Polizei steht in Kritik.

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PM: “Building bridges” Festival: A protest camp for refugee women* in Oranienplatz

Women in Exile and Friends, a refugee women*s’ organization, want to hold a protest camp in a form of a festival between 26th – 28th July, because we want to continue fighting against racism, sexism and discrimination in a joyful way. Our everyday life is full of pain and hard times, hence as a political strategy when we come together, we want to care about ourselves. We are organizing it with our national wide networks and with the support from local activist groups.

But the protest camp “Building Bridges Festival” is encountering resistance amongst the authorities to allow it to happen in Oranienplatz, a reference for the refugee movement. Oranienplatz is a symbol of resistance against laws that violate basic human rights as the freedom of movement, proper accommodation, right to education and work. Asylum Law makes refugees second class citizens and means double discrimination for refugee women*.

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PM: Unsere Freundin Rita Awour Ojunge wurde in Brandenburg tot aufgefunden!

Presseerklärung von International Women* Space und Women in Exile

Sehr geehrter Damen und Herren,
wir sind sehr betroffen Ihnen mitteilen zu müssen, dass der Körper unserer Freundin Rita Awour Ojunge letzte Woche in einem Waldstück in der Nähe ihres Wohnortes gefunden wurde.

Rita wurde bereits seit dem 7. April 2019 von ihrer Familie, ihren Mitbewohner_innen und uns, ihren Freundinnen, vermisst. Mitte Juni wurden die Überreste ihres Körpers in einem Waldstück, das sich nahe der Unterkunft in Hohenleipisch befindet, in der sie mit ihrer Familie wohnte, gefunden. Letzte Woche konnte der gefundene Körper mittels DNA-Test identifiziert und ihr zugeordnet werden.

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To Rita, our sister: R.I.P!

The refugees living in the refugee camp of Hohenleipisch (Landkreis Elbe-Elster), run by the company „Human Care“, are in shock, angry and disappointed. A Kenyan woman who had been living there for several years disappeared more than 2 months ago and after all this time, here remains we recently found in the bushes just in the same area the German police claimed to be looking for her.

This is a clear picture of the negligence and racism that has been denounced by refugees living there for so many years but has been falling on deaf ears. It shows without doubt how insecure and dangerous the so-called “Wohnheim” run by “Human Care” is, especially for women* and children. We also see the fact that Rita disappeared within the premises despite the camp having security personnel who are supposed to protect the people living there.

The camp is situated in the middle of a jungle with no neighbors around in the area which makes it very easy for any criminal to perform crimes unnoticed. We demand that this camp will be closed with immediate effect and everybody will relocated.

This place is not safe for people to live in! The local newspaper also reported on the issue: https://www.lr-online.de/lausitz/elsterwerda/hohenleipisch-skelettfund-ist-gesuchte-kenianerin_aid-39655851

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Festival Building Bridges Registration

Building Bridges Festival is a protest camp for all women*.
During the workshops and depending on attendance, the priority will be given to refugee women.

Now registration is closed.

Call for support for the festival

Dear friends & supporters,

From 26.-29.July, we from Women in Exile & Friends are inviting to
„Bulding Bridges“ Festival in O-Platz Berlin. The festival is for
refugee women* (individuals and refugee women groups) and women* working
with and for refugee women* issues. We will have different interesting
activities like workshops, discussions, cultural and artistic stage
programm etc.

To make the festival a success, we are asking for your support in the
following areas:

  • setting up the Festival
  • child care
  • night shifts
  • kitchen
  • floater

If you have time and energy to support, please write us a mail on which
days you are available or which shifts are possible to make. Also if you
would like to have more information, just write to:
support@women-in-exile.net support@women-in-exile.net>

We are happy about every helping hand and are very thankful for your
support!

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Petition for The Right to Stay

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We demand a right to stay instead of exclusion and illegality.

Please sign the Petition on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the German Constitution :https://www.petition-bleiberecht.de/petition/english/

Court case in Nürnberg because of our paper planes we send to BAMF – what are the real crimes?

UPDATE
The date of the process was can cancelled for unknown reasons

Nevertheless there will be a gathering tomorrow in Nürnberg for realizing a solidarity action with creative painting and doing handcrafts, because there are reasons enough!
In times where the laws governing refugees become more and more restrictive and the rising repression against left and other progressive movements and attempts of intimidation against persons who register demonstrations and ralleys, we won’t keep quiet!

We gather tomorrow, Friday 7.05.19 at 8 am in front of the municipal court (Amtsgericht) Nürnberg and demonstrate in a creative way for FREEDOM OF ASSEMBLY, our basic right.

Flight is not a crime!
For the acknowledgment and compliance of the Basic Law of Germany!

This Friday, 17.05.2019 one of our Friends and supporters from Nürnberg has a trial because last year on 27.7.2018 during our “Women* Breaking Borders Bus Tour 2018” she, in her role as person who registered the rally in front of BAMF, didn’t hinder us to send our political demands via paper airplanes over the fence to the court of the BAMF headquarter (see also on our webblog: PM 8. März Bündnis Nürnberg).

We ask ourselves:  what are the real crimes? Why will this be debated in the court but not the systematically violations of basic and human rights by which refugees are affected in Germany?

We, Women in Exile & Friends demand from politician, civil and judicial bodies to advocate for “Amnesty” now and for everybody who have “no or shaky status” on the 70th Anniversary of “German Basic Laws” and prosecute basic and human rights violations instead of criminalising human rights.

Our first visit at the BAMF office in Nürnberg we had on 30.7.2016, during our “Refugee Women Bus Tour” (see: https://www.women-in-exile.net/en/bustour-2016/) We together with supporters held a demonstration in front of BAMF. After reading our speech and demands we handed out, the written document to one of the representative of the BAMF, who had come out to talk and listen to us. Our demands which he promised to pass to the others for considerations were:

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Building Bridges Festival 26.-28.07. 2019

Translation: AR | FR | FA |

Women in Exile & Friends are planning a three day open air summer action camp in Berlin. The protest camp is for refugee women* (individuals and refugee women groups) and women* working with and for refugee women* issues. This protest camp will enable all of us to exchange on our experiences as refugee women* living in isolation, facing racism and sexism. It will also give us the opportunity to explore on borders hindering our participation and to women in solidarity to reflect on their roles.

Our aim is to bring together refugee women* who have participated on national wide actions we have been organising since the year 2014. The refugee women* from Berlin/Brandenburg, Stimme der Frauen (Magdeburg), FLIT Solidarity Africa (Munich), Flüchtlingsfrauengruppe (Göttingen), NINA (Hamburg), Activists from Nürnberg, Kiel, Mecklenburg Vorpommern and possibly all the refugee women* we have come into contact with over the years.

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