In spring 2017 we went to Lesvos to support directly. In order not to come back with empty hands, Laura made a documentary about what we experienced there. Lesvos: Beautiful Prison takes you to this bizarre, contrasting world, that the European outer border has become: not a safe place for people seeking refuge, but a prison. Mass refugee camp Moria gets worse every day and has been compared to a concentration camp. Meet here some of the people of the movie. Most could leave the island, some couldn't:
Xenia is a local from Lesvos.
"What is going on here? With the local people, the police people, volunteer people, with me, with everybody!"
Alice came as a refugee to Greece.
"I have friends who help me. But I don't find a solution to stay together with my husband. I talk to everybody here in Greece. They are not interested in my story!"
Nora is a volunteer from Germany who has been on the island for over a year. She works at a voluntary sea recue mission.
"I always thought that this is the place to lose all hope in humanity."
Farooq came as a refugee to Lesvos. He has lived in the mass camp Moria and seeks autonomous living outside, because: "A lot of people have been here for a long time: their minds are not working. It's the same like crazy."
Cris volunteered on Lesvos. A life long traveller herself, she relates in a special way to the people seeking refuge on the island.
"We must understand that for such an island so small it is a lot to take in. But it's just not human."
Ange from Canada lived together with refugees in an abandoned, squatted building.
"It's very magical to feel that sense of community and a family."
Casey is an activist from England. She also lived in a squat with refugees and volunteers together.
"This is a thing I designed to be the cover for a zine. It's a about meeting a lot of genuinely nice people and seeing them forced to live in these really horrible conditions."
#OpenThisIsland because #WinterIsComing
We join the this call by HarekAct: Open the Greek islands- no more dead from cold. Simply because the EU-Turkey deal has hardly done any good to people on the move. The conditions in camp Moria don't get any better. To the contrary: it gets worse. This has to stop. So, open this island! Winter is coming. No more dead!
Over the 40 initiatives have signed the petition already.