Corona hits us refugees particularly hard. Above all, our sisters and brothers, our children, who are on the move at the borders of Europe in search of a safe place, are living in a nightmare. Our families and acquaintances whom we have had to leave behind in our countries of origin are, in addition to the pandemic, perhaps additionally affected by wars or the economic consequences of the pandemic or sanctions. They are struggling to survive every day. Maybe they are also affected by the persecution of dictatorial regimes that forbid them to organise and stand up for their rights as workers, women, pupils and students or teachers.
We want to analyse the situation from different aspects and discuss it together: What is it like to be a refugee in Germany? Under which living conditions do we live here? What injustices are we confronted with? What can we do together? Since we can neither travel nor meet, we want to offer virtual spaces to exchange, have joint discussions and look for ways to defend our rights. If other issues seem more important to you and you want to discuss and develop solutions with communities in solidarity, please tell us about them. Together we can look back on 500 years of resistance against colonialism, imperialism and injustice and bring our experiences into future struggles in solidarity, regardless of origin, language, religion, gender, age, …
Who are we?
We are CARAVAN for the rights of refugees and migrants. We organise ourselves and take care of our concerns together. Since 1998, we have been fighting in Germany for our basic rights, against deportations, against exploitation, against racism, against isolation and police brutality and against any kind of injustice… The slogan “We are here because you are destroying our countries” has accompanied us since our existence, because the global colonial and imperialist order determines our lives and forces us to flee. We rebel against this everywhere and strengthen ourselves through solidarity action.
Since 2004, we have been continuously active together with the Federation of Migrant Workers from Turkey in Germany AGIF and other migrant self-organisations in Wuppertal. Before Corona we had a weekly open meeting. This is no longer possible, so we now organise online meetings.
Note for all communities
The events are only for people with refugee experience. All discussions will take place via the zoom channel of THE VOICE Refugee Forum. Please contact us if you want to participate. Let us know which language you speak so that we can organise translations together beforehand. We will send you the link before the event.
How can we be reached?
We speak German, English, Farsi, French, Kurdish, Turkish. If you speak another language, we will ask friends and organise this as well.
Send us an email or a message to the phone numbers below:
- Gülay: 0162 989 07 46 (German and Turkish)
- Araz: 0178 853 07 01 (German, English, Farsi)
KARAWANE für die Rechte der Flüchtlinge und MigrantInnen
Marienstr. 52 | 42105 Wuppertal
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/karawanewuppertal oder https://www.facebook.com/caravannetwork