This year some of us were in the Balkan talking with people who are fleeing and migrating, trying for months already to enter the EU, and all they face is violence.
They told about the police violence in the different countries where they got through, about the border violence at all the borders which they tried to cross several times and the systematical push backs, about the state violence in the places where they tried to get some rest like in Belgrade. There in Belgrade was segregation between them and the local people a daily practice in the way that they were totally ignored through the citizens of Belgrade. This was another form of violence, a mental violence; the feeling of not existing, having nothing to do all day for months, just waiting for a next possibility to cross a border.
Life full of violence
For most of the people in Belgrade, the situation where they came from was itself already full of violence. Two boys of 16 and 17 years told about their experiences and lives in Afghanistan, in the provinces Pishawar and Baghlan. They told about different forces in this country; Afghan government and army, Taliban, American Forces, Dahesh (IS), to mention the most well-known. For these forces, the country is just a place for fighting and showing their power, a place were lives of the other people don’t really matter.
The two boys showed, by telling about their lives, how inhuman it is to live there, always in fear of aggression, loss and death. Reports of the UN show that more then 1 million people are refugee in and outside of Afghanistan in 2016. In one year, there are attacks and bombs blasting everyday maybe two or three times. These boys are still not safe and there is not too much hope that when they ask for asylum, they will get it and have the opportunity to start their lives here, because Afghanistan is still seen as a safe country.
We need to stop this war,
we need to stop sending people back to this war,
we need to stop deportations!
Furthermore, we need to ask where all the interests come from of the parties involved, where the weapons come from, and who are actually involved because of what.
Stop war, stop weapon trade, the enemy is capitalism!