Since 2011 more than 250,000 Syrians have lost their lives in an armed conflict, which began as another so called “Arab Spring” uprising against an autocratic ruler and then escalated into a brutal proxy war that has drawn regional and world powers.
More than 4.5 million people have fled Syria since the start of the conflict, most of them women and children, that has triggered the world’s largest humanitarian crisis since World War II and unveiled a paradox for the European Union that has spent decades preaching its solidarity with migrants flowing from neighboring countries and its battle to hold human rights that should prevail over any kind of economical interest…
Few years have past since we started to get familiar with people fleeing from Syria and images of drowned bodies at the mediterranean coasts.
But what is behind all these Numbers?
“18591km: 899km / SYR – TUR: An der Grenze zum Krieg (at the border to War)” brings us one step closer to the experiences and stories of those forced to flee, forced to combat, forced to join ISIS in an attempt to survive, forced to become orphans, widows, homeless, hopeless wanders, terror suspects, a thread to EU security & welfare…Furthermore, to the stories of the smugglers who get paid to assist people to seek sanctuary in EU…and to the politicians turn blind eyed…
This journey will be made possible thanks to the images captured by courageous photographers from Syria, Turkey and Germany; live music performed by talented Syrian musicians and their stories.
We invite you to stop being blind because being blind is to stay in your safe-zone and to begin to see is to become vulnerable. Like an earthquake that shakes strongly, arising the truth. Seeing is hard, it hurts. Who dares to face the unknown? Those willing to forge ” the other” and place new ideas in confrontation with the old and breaking the barriers of accepted ways of doing things.
18591km e.V. organizes a photographic event with discussion rounds, live-music and soliparty at Panke Culture e. V.
Saturday, December 3rd 2016
6 pm – 12 pm
13347 Berlin, Germany