What effect will the newly elected Greek government have on refugees?
In an attempt at searching for a sustainable, long-term solution, I spoke to Mimi Hapig from the German organisation Soup and Socks. Hapig currently works with refugees in northern Greece as leader of the maker space project Habibi.Works.
The crux of the issue is the biased lens through which we’re coerced into looking at the numbers. Among the largest OECD economies, the perceived proportion of migrants is usually around twice that of the actual proportion of migrants in the population as a whole. The intense fixation by political parties on the issue of migration has more to do with political agendas than economic underpinnings. The divisive nature of many political parties on this issue has shifted the focus away from the issue itself to a back-and-forth filibuster match.
This essay focuses on individual portraiture of a generation born amidst this intricate, ever-changing, socio-political environment - an environment our generation is currently attempting to navigate. It is important to note, however, that these children are not ‘faces of the refugee crisis’. These children are just children. Tiny, individual humans, caught up through no fault of their own, in a complex reality of a world in flux.
Vitor da Silva
“So… how do you see the future of the Changpa? – I asked Phuntsok.
“Future? This is the last generation. In ten years, there will be no herders, no raybo, and no Changpa”.
Ash Layo Maysing
It was never about bringing them into the modern world. It has always been about moulding Indigenous peoples into a Western ideal, to make us compatible with the current capitalist hegemony.
After joining the Collecti.e.f 8 maars, I began to consciously analyse more and more the status of inferiority women occupy in conversations, public spaces, and even within our own homes. Women are never given the same amount of respect as men, nor the space to use their voice equally.
“When we fight for women’s rights, it’s not just for daily rights, it’s not just for equality, we are fighting for emancipation of women.”