In October, we talked about our experience regarding how to welcome and what we did since Heumensoord in terms of mutual aid and solidarity. The event was organized by the research initiative GLOCAL. They wrote an interesting review on their blog. There, they aim to understand local problems by looking also at the global processes… Continue reading Repost: Cross-border connections between Nijmegen and Kranenburg
The Radboud university’s research intiative GLOCAL kindly invited us to form part in a conversation about “Refugees and cross-border hospitality reflections on recent experiences”. Together with “Runder Tisch Kranenburg”, an expert from the COA and a former “refugee” we got together, informed the engaged public and exchanged best practices.
This video is an excerpt of our part of the talk. It draws the line of how we came into being and why we do what we do. It recalls the moment one year ago, when about 60 people met for the first time to prepare the welcoming of the later inhabitants of camp Heumensoord.
We still stand strong behind our belief that there are very much alternative ways to treat and welcome people who had to leave their countries. We have not forgotten that the conditions in camp Heumensoord were disastrous and how difficult it was made to get in contact with each other. The camp’s location in the forest was far away from the city center or any supermarkets, and bikes or buses were not provided. No privacy, no appropriate medial care, no mental help, no cocking facilities, no answers. We were there because we care, and because, as we have seen, we can’t rely on the state or the municipality to guarantee human dignity and decency in a humanitarian crisis. What we need are ordinary people and the community to step in, get in touch and to double check what is really going on.
We stand in solidarity with all our friends who used to ‘live’ in Heumensoord, and especially with those whose procedures have been rejected or that are still running. Wherever you are, we won’t forget you!
It’s been one year since we all met and we want to invite you all to celebrate with next Friday at the OnderBroek. If you live far away, contact us to talk about traveling costs.
Peace and Solidarity,
We gladly got invited to share our experiences on hospitality and how refugees where and are received. It is an event this Thursday from 16:00 – 18:00 at the Global Lounge, a bookshop and café in the middle of the Radboud university campus.
‘Postcolonial Europe’ from our borderlands // mind map exhibition March 2016
Heumensoord: One year later. A lot of activities have taken place. Time for a knowledge exchange.
It’s organized by “the research hotspot GLOCAL“. This is a research initiative about fields of conflict, borders and development. It focuses on “transnational dimensions of ‘local’ problems related to socio-economic inequalities, (geo)political conflicts over resources”.
Sounds pretty academic- however, the talk is supposed to be a real sharing of experiences.
Apart form us, there will be:
- Yannick: refugee, has lived on both the Dutch and German side of the border
- Dieter Schalk: case manager at COA Nijmegen and Arnhem
- Friedhelm Kahm: volunteer at Rundertisch, a citizen initiative supporting refugees in Kranenburg.
- Huda Degu, who will moderate the conversation: part of University Asylum (Nijmegen Centre for Border Research).
There is also interaction planned with the audience. So, come, attend and bring in your experiences!
More info from the invite text via GLOCAL:
Not long after the refugee centre in Heumensoord was shut down, a new centre was created in Kranenburg, only 12 km’s away on the other side of the border. While the admittance of refugees is an ongoing source of public and academic debate, little attention has been paid to the possibilities for cross-border cooperation.
During this event, we will reflect on the admittance of refugees in our cross-border region and discuss the main challenges and chances. What went well? What went wrong? How can we learn from each other? In what ways can we benefit from cross-border cooperation?
The speakers are involved in these topics in very different ways and will share their personal experiences. There will also be room for the public to join the conversation. We will conclude with drinks and snacks prepared by our moderator and the refugee women group Inasako.
See you there!