<m2m-eng> Like a Somali
Jo van der Spek M2M
jo at xs4all.nl
Tue Feb 7 13:31:41 CET 2012
Dear friends of M2M, at m2m.streamtime.org
Soon the Somali refugees on the street will make new actions to demand the
right to live. Therefore, M2M has created a special page on Facebook for the
Somali struggle: Like a Somali
If we become firiends we can do together!
Here is the info of this page:
Like a Somali
Inspired by the campaign of (mostly) Somalian refugees fighting for their
right to live in the Netherlands, Jo van der Spek and Migrant to Migrant
(M2M) propose this forum to create ways for us and others to connect with
their struggle and embrace the "damned of the earth" (Frantz Fanon) in our
Undocumented migrants have a choice, they made it already when they left
their original land.
Forced to live as outlawed humans they can choose between hiding and
fighting, between invisibility and demonstrating, between betting on legal
procedures or by organizing yourself.
I am inspired by the way Vluchtelingen op Straat decided in 2011 to go
demonstrate, demanding basic human right. I am amazed by the Somali campers
in front of deportation center Ter Apel. And I found friendship and
hospitality when I visited them in Ter Apel and Vught. And when they came to
Beat the Borders, Walk like a Somali, a manifestion of Freedom of Movement
in Amsterdam on January 20th.
"Look with us, not at us", the slogan of M2M, invites us to imagine ourself
in someone else's position. Doing this, we can recognize that you have more
in common than you'd think at first sight. I migrated from a small
provincial town called Zutphen to crazy village Amsterdam in the 70's when I
was becoming fifteen. I assure you it took me a full year to assimilate en
feel accepted. And I spent 10 years with a woman who migrated for romantic
reasons to my village. So I've been there.
M2M was created with survivors of the Schiphol Fire as a way to reconnect
instead of disappearing. This is the way of Papa Sakho, co-founder of M2M:
We are here
To make a life again
Together as one
Sakho is an African artist and still a bit lost is space. We have not
finished the work of reconnecting. But meanwhile, we can start connecting.
On this page. Like a Somali (or like whatever you like)
You may call it the art of migration, or the art of metamorphosis. It is an
art we can learn, enjoy and cherish.
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