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One of the two speeches at We’ll come united – Antiracist Parade + CommUNITY-Carnival in Berlin:
Speech from The executive committee of Sudanese Refugees in Ickerweg
From the bottom of weakness, loneliness and fear, few of new comers to Ickerweg camp in Osnabrück came together early April this year. The common motivation between them was an urge to Step out of Negative and Passive stand to ACT in togetherness, to intervene our destiny, to SHAPE it. This birth stage was fostered by a group of Activists from “No Lager Osnabrück” and “Solidarity city Osnabrück” in a very Proactive approach of empowering Refugees them self to involve in Resistance and develop their own structures an methods of engagement.
We chose with no route the sea and the boats of death, in the middle of the annoyed sea, we Stick to hope of dignified life in the north. We thought that when we cross the aggressive waters of the Mediterranean we will land on The “Promised Land” which will save everyone life.
We did not know that we would face the monster of the laws, cement and bureaucracy. We burned our fingers bye our fingers to escape the fingerprints ghosts, expulsion and forced deportation.
The fear of police and discharge has become the distinctive feature of our days in Europe “The Promised Land”. We live an illegal life, which we did not think before that we, as human beings could be illegal. We live in assembly camps, as we were in the chicken coop, the foxes of the enforced deportation hunt us one by one.
We applied for a new Asylum to the forests, nights and the train station to hide from the ghosts of the police and deportation. Our lives future became like the jump in the dark.
With the great solidarity from our supports in No Lager we discovered the secret of the whistle. The whistle of self-organization, and team action. It became like our symbol of resistance to deportation.
By Whistles we managed to stop the foxes enforced deportation from our chicken coop, for more than three months we work in a night shifts to protect our dreams of a simple life and decent no more and no less.
We are growing up our Block team to a structured Executive committee with strategies, plans and self-managed functions of Day to Day issues at Camp, we addressing wider broad of our issues, opening dialogue with authorities and networking with Same-interest organizations like Solidarity city movement, and moving between camps to spread the resistance virus , we will make a change only if we stand together.
In 12th of September we celebrated 100 days of Free Camp from Police oppression, NO-Deportation and successfully stooping 3 attempts of Deportation, we celebrated 100 Days of Night Shifts guarded by Hope and Whistles.
We are glad to come today United, to speak our voice loud against Dublin agreement, against Racism, sexism and homo/trans-phobia. We’ll come united to tell our narrative, the narrative of human struggle to be “legal” and to live a dignified life on this earth.
Die deutsche Version der Rede bei We’ll come united – Antiracist Parade + CommUNITY-Carnival:
Rede des Exekutivkomitees der sudanesischen Geflüchteten im Ickerweg