Can you imagine your self ?
15/07/2020 Kaloutsani Mosque , Ioannina ,Greece
Imagine being an asylum seeker , seeking for your asylum application everywhere!
Imagine yourself in long queues to get food, to see a doctor, to go to the toilet, to have a wash, to have access to the taps for water to wash your clothes.
Imagine yourself calling for help while your tent is burning with no help coming to the rescue!
Imagine that you are a young muslim refugee girl, who cannot find safety anywhere, while school and education are becoming unreachable dreams for her and is fighting for all her rights.
Yeah, we struggled tolerating all those difficulties that we are facing even now when our voices and our rights are repressed and our existence is trapped. We have never been treated equally either before the pandemic or even now during the pandemic in spite of the so much used slogan: “We are, in this, together”.
When we are forced to stay home, because of unfounded and unproven diagnosis of corona virus cases, while tourists from other countries are welcome: when, in spite of this call “to stay home”, we are evicted from our homes, we demand freedom of action. But, that too we cannot have.
We, refugees, are always fighting to have our fundamental rights, which should be given naturally as we belong to the humankind, like you and all other people.We are fighting with words, with protests in the camps, until our voices be heard.
Although we have struggled until now and continue at this moment, the built up of pressures is becoming unbearable. We will not be able to continue our struggle alone.
We need your fists to be raised for us, not against us!
We are trying to survive, and you can stand in solidarity by our side. Our geographical origins distinguish us from each other, and it is a general human condition that there are things that some have and others do not. But there is one thing that all humans have, from the day of their birth to the day of their death, even during the pandemic: we have rights, basic human rights. As refugees we also have a right to education, a right to health, a right to hygiene, a right to food and a right to a safe life. We are refugees and if we cannot find safety here, then the concept “safety “ becomes meaningless.
We will never let others take away our right to freedom of movement, our right to freedom of action, to freedom of raising our voices .
And, if you stay silent against what is happening to us, then it means that you condone it and that it should continue.
If you stay silent against this crisis, then you are a cause of that.
If you stay silent against what we are suffering, it means we deserve such suffering.
Do you agree?
This silence will decide the value of our lives.
Parwana Amiri (migratorygirl)
Special thanks to : Sonia Vlachou and solidarian collectivities in ionnina greece, who invited and supported me.