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World refugee day

Escape through time

The auditorium was colourful and varied on June 20th. at the exciting event organized by kargah e.V. for World Refugee Day with reading, music, art exhibition, mini workshops and delicious food.

  Claudia Ermel | 21.06.2019

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Opportunity to talk für with the author and refugees
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Opportunity to talk für with the author and refugees

World Refugee Day It has been in existence since the end of the year 2000. This year for the first time kargah e.V. organized a big party on this occasion. Because it is time to give a positive signal. As Asghar Eslami, who himself fled Iran at the end of 1982, clearly stated in his welcoming address, the political climate is changing in such a way that people who are eager to welcome are increasingly left alone. The original establishment of a World Refugee Day by the UN was intended as an expression of solidarity with the displaced (see link). The founder of the intercultural association emphasized that kargah e.V. also wants to position himself politically. Therefore, he invited all interested parties to formulate a catalogue of demands together later for World Refugee Day.

Escape in art

As a prelude to the current event, Laura Heda and Kathrin Apelt opened the evening with the exhibition "In all directions" by the artist Edin Bajric from Bosnia, who has dedicated himself to the topic of escape for years. The artist who was present, also known for his project „Passport. Bitte!“ ", Now living in Hanover for 25 years, has processed the themes of escape and arrival in many different ways. Together with children, he also dealt with the subject of "escape" in the Ark project in various ways. In a brief interview, Edin told the visitors of "Flucht durch die Zeit". The children born here should think about what they would absolutely take along on a flight. After a conversation with Edin Bairic, Kathrin Apelt asked the audience to study the different works of the artist, who were hanging around the walls, a little more in detail, as much of the pictures were to be discovered.

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Passport.Bitte! by Edin Bajric
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Passport.Bitte! by Edin Bajric

Refugee stories are personal destinies

So the pictures created a suitable frame for the subsequent reading, which took place in the middle of the art exhibition. The author and biographer Mareile Seeber-Tegethoff read text passages from four escape stories, which she has summarized from long conversations with a total of eight refugees in a book. In her work Flüchtlingswege 1945-2015, but also in the current reading, the author portrayed people from completely different countries of origin and generations, described their experiences of flight and allowed them to speak for themselves.

Whether Hans Goswin Clemen, who was expelled from West Pomerania in 1945 as a result of the Second World War, or Cong Trang Dinh, who had fled Vietnam from 1979-1982 from political arbitrariness and imminent military service, Rosel Schultz, who escaped from the GDR in 1957 because of political harassment and bondage The Yazidis Ahmad Khalaf from Iraq, who fled ISIS in 2014-2015, had to leave their homeland for grave reasons. Through her notes, but also through the selection of exemplary passages for this reading, the author painted a multifaceted picture, which means flight for humans.

New format as an expression of diversity

As was the case with the artist Edin Bajric, the four refugees who were also present were interviewed about their escape and their current life situation, because today it was about escape, but also about the arrival. Every single person has had their own experiences, but empathy has always played a big role. "One should open oneself and one will be accepted," said Cong Trang Dinh. "I realized at some point, language is important, I had a lot of motivation from volunteers," said Ahmad Khalaf. "I myself had the German language as a bridge back then, and when I helped with the DRK in 2015 together with 400 other volunteers, I was enthusiastic about the great openness that was shown to the refugees," said Rosel Schultz. "We have to learn that no one is guilty or right, every single fate is bad," was the conclusion of Hans Goswin Clemen. Together with these four protagonists from "Flüchtlingswege 1945 - 2015", the author also asked questions from the audience after the reading.

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kargah staff present the event together
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kargah staff present the event together

As was the case with the artist Edin Bajric, the four refugees who were also present were asked in short interviews about their escape and their current life situation. Today it was about escape, but also about the arrival. Every single person has had their own experiences, but empathy has always played a big role. "One should open oneself and one will be accepted," said Cong Trang Dinh. "I realized at some point, language is important, I had a lot of motivation from volunteers," said Ahmad Khalaf. "I myself had the German language as a bridge back then, and when I helped with the DRK in 2015 together with 400 other volunteers, I was enthusiastic about the great openness that was shown to the refugees," said Rosel Schultz. "We have to learn that no one is guilty or right, every single fate is bad," was the conclusion of Hans Goswin Clemen. Together with these four protagonists from "Flüchtlingswege 1945 - 2015", the author also asked questions from the audience after the reading.

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Small limbering up exercises for the audience
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Small limbering up exercises for the audience

Arrival

The fact that the four protagonists from "Flüchtlingswege 1945-2015" have the feeling that they have arrived has been expressed in the many committed statements of the individual. Cong Trang Dinh, however, put it in a nutshell: "I was lucky, I'm still alive."

As a short musical interludes, the musician Ali Omar played on his oud. And finally, a small buffet awaited all visitors to the kargah café. Those who wanted to participate in the two mini-workshops or to talk to the individual actors could deepen their impressions of "escape through time".

The format of this diversified evening will leave the visitors with memories of a successful evening, despite or even because of the serious topic.

Information about the book: ISBN 978-3-9818549-1-6 / 2nd edition 2019, 248 pages € 14.90

The event took place in cooperation with the Cultural Office of the City of Hannover / Department of Culture

Welt-in-Hannover.de bedankt sich herzlich für die tolle Unterstützung bei den vielen ehrenamtlichen Helferinnen und Helfern, sowie zahlreichen Organisationen und hofft auf weitere gute Zusammenarbeit.

Schirmherrin des Projekts Welt-in-Hannover.de ist Frau Doris Schröder-Köpf, Landesbeauftragte für Migration und Teilhabe.

kargah e. V. - Verein für interkulturelle Kommunikation, Migrations- und Flüchtlingsarbeit    Kulturzentrum Faust e. V.    Landeshauptstadt Hannover