KAYIKI Press Release

20.06.2014

End death at border now! Respect human life and death!

We, the inhabitants of both sides of Aegean Sea, express our anger and our shock about the thousands of deaths of refugees and migrants in their effort to cross Europe. They are a direct result of the Europe Fortress policy: The sealing of the borders and the lack of any other way for these people to seek protection.

Dozens of tragic shipwrecks have taken place on both sides of the Aegean Sea since August 2012 after the completion of the border fence in Evros, the land borders between Greece and Turkey: In Farmakonisi, in Lesvos and in Samos, near and some along the border river Evros.

Small children, women and men; refugees from Syria, Afghanistan, Somalia and Eritrea died in the Aegean Sea and in Evros trying to escape war, poverty and political persecution in their effort to cross the European borders. Their dead bodies were either found near the coastlines either they disappeared in the Aegean. Many of them were never identified, buried in unmarked graves in remote cemeteries and not according to their cultural and religious traditions. Family members who survived are weeping silently for the loss of their beloved. Others are still trying desperately to locate their missing ones.


KAYIKİ Basın Açıklaması

20.06.2014



Sınırlarda Ölümü Durdurun, İnsan Hayatına ve Ölümüne Saygı Duyun

Bizler, Ege denizinin iki yakasının sakinleri olarak, binlerce mülteci ve göçmenin Avrupa’ya ulaşma çabaları sırasında hayatını yitirmesinden duyduğumuz kızgınlığı ve şoku dile getiriyoruz. Bu ölümler Avrupa Kalesi politikalarının sonucudur: Sınırların mühürlenmesi ve bu insanlara koruma talep edebilecekleri başka yolların sunulmuyor olması.

Yunanistan ve Türkiye kara sınırında, Evros (Meriç Nehri) Bölgesindeki sınır duvarının Ağustos 2012'de tamamlanmasından bu yana, Ege Denizi’nin her iki tarafında onlarca trajik tekne kazası gerçekleşti: Bulamaç, Midilli, Sisam Adalarında ve Meriç Nehri kıyısı boyunca…
Küçük çocuklar, kadınlar ve erkekler; Suriyeli, Afganistanlı, Somalili ve Eritreli mülteciler savaştan, sefaletten ve siyasi zulümden kaçıp Avrupa’ya sığınmak isterken, Ege Denizi’nde ve Meriç Nehrinde yaşamlarını yitirdiler. Kurtulamayan kazazedelerin ölü bedenleri ya sahil yakınlarında bulundu ya da Ege Denizi’nde kayboldu. Birçoğunun kimliği hiçbir zaman tespit edilemedi, ücra yerlerdeki mezarlıklarda isimlerinin yazmadığı mezarlarda, kendi kültür ve inançlarına uymayan şekilde gömüldüler. Hayatını yitirenlerin kurtulan akrabaları, yakınları sessizce ağlayıp, sevdikleri için yas tutuyorlar. Diğerleri ise hala kayıp olan akrabalarını bulmaya çalışıyor.
Να σταματήσουν τώρα οι θάνατοι στα σύνορα.
Σεβασμός στην ανθρώπινη ζωή και στον θάνατο.


Εμείς οι κάτοικοι των δυο πλευρών του Αιγαίου νοιώθουμε σοκαρισμένοι και βαθειά θυμωμένοι για τους θανάτους χιλιάδων μεταναστών και προσφύγων στο πέρασμά τους στην Ευρώπη.Οι θάνατοι αυτοί είναι το άμεσο αποτέλεσμα της πολιτικής της Ευρώπης φρούριο: Των ερμητικά κλειστών συνόρων και της έλλειψης κάθε άλλου τρόπου ώστε αυτοί οι άνθρωποι να ζητήσουν προστασία.

Δεκάδες τα τραγικά ναυάγια που έλαβαν χώρα στο Αιγαίο από τον Αύγουστο του 2012 μετά την ολοκλήρωση του φράχτη στα χερσαία σύνορα του Έβρου ανάμεσα στην Ελλάδα και την Τουρκία . Στο Φαρμακονήσι, στην Λέσβο, στην Σάμο , κοντά στον Τσεσμέ, το Kuşadası ή την Σμύρνη αλλά και στο ποτάμι του Έβρου.

Μικρά παιδιά, γυναίκες και άνδρες: πρόσφυγες από Συρία, Αφγανιστάν , Σομαλία,Ερυθρέα και άλλες εθνικότητες πέθαναν στο Αιγαίο και στον Έβρο καθώς προσπαθούσαν να ξεφύγουν από τον πόλεμο την φτώχεια και τις πολιτικές διώξεις. Πέθαναν κατά το πέρασμά τους στην Ευρώπη ώστε να βρουν καταφύγιο. Τα σώματά τους βρέθηκαν στις ακτές μας ή χάθηκαν στο Αιγαίο. Πολλοί από αυτούς δεν αναγνωρίστηκαν ποτέ, θαμένοι σε τάφους χωρίς κανένα διακριτικό, σε απομακρυσμένα νεκροταφεία, χωρίς καμία τελετή σύμφωνη με την παράδοση και την θρησκεία τους. Οι οικογένειες που επιβίωσαν των ναυαγίων θρηνούν σιωπηλά τους αγαπημένους τους ενώ άλλες οικογένειες αβοήθητες, προσπαθούν απελπισμένα να εντοπίσουν τους αγνοούμενους.
Mirroring Migration, an independent festival about migration and refugees will take place between the 22nd and 27th of April 2013 in Maastricht on different locations.

The festival will frame migration in its complexity, with its challenges as well as its enriching aspects. It will critically explore the European and Dutch politics of migration, show the human realities of refugees and reflect on the role of Europe in fuelling migration dynamics.

On April 22, kayiki will organise a photo exhibition and discussion. While showing photographs of Fatih Pınar and Giorgos Moutafis on lives and travel of migrants through the Mediterranean, kayiki members Marieke Wissink and Orçun Ulusoy will elaborate on the asylum and migration policies in Turkey and Greece, as well as on the everyday experiences of refugees.

For more information;
http://mirroringmigration.wordpress.com/



 KAYIKI Basın Açıklaması

18.01.2013

“Yas Tutmak Yeterli Değil!”

13 Ocak 2013 Pazar günü Sakız Adası’nın güney sahillerinde 3 ceset bulundu. Bu cesetler Avrupa sınırlarını aşmaya çalışan mültecilere/göçmenlere aitti. Sadece bir ay önce, 15 Aralık 2012’de Türkiye’den Yunanistan'a doğru yol alan başka bir mülteci/göçmen botu Midilli Adası yakınlarında alabora oldu. Kadınların ve çocukların da dahil olduğu yirmisekiz kişi bu kaza sonucunda trajik bir şekilde boğularak can verdi. 6 Eylül 2012’de de altmışüç mülteci İzmir yakınlarında gemilerinin batması sonucu hayatlarını kaybetti. Hayatını kaybedenlerin yarısından fazlası çocuktu.

Bu mülteciler ve göçmenler, Avrupa’da bulacaklarını umdukları güvenlik ve insan onuruna yakışır bir yaşam için yola çıkmışlardı. İronik bir biçimde, Avrupa Birliği 2012’de Nobel Barış Ödülüne layık görüldü. Oysa, aynı Avrupa Birliği, uyguladığı politikalar vasıtasıyla her gün Avrupa’nın deniz sınırlarında meydana gelen kazalar karşısında sessiz kalıyor, gözlerini yumuyor. Dahası, bu ölüm kalım ‘oyununda’, sınırlarını adeta sürgüleyerek, giderek sertleşen caydırıcı önlemler alarak üstlendiği kilit rol ile Avrupa Birliği aktif bir şekilde göçmenlerin ölüm riskini arttıran politikalara ağırlık veriyor.


ΔΕΛΤΙΟ ΤΥΠΟΥ
18.01.2013


"Η θλίψη δεν είναι αρκετή!"

Την Κυριακή 13 Ιανουαρίου 2013 περισυνελέγησαν από παραλίες της νότιας Χίου, οι σοροί τριών ανθρώπων που προσπάθησαν να διασχίσουν τα ευρωπαϊκά θαλάσσια σύνορα. Ένα μήνα μόλις νωρίτερα, το πρωί της 15ης Δεκεμβρίου 2012, μια άλλη βάρκα γεμάτη πρόσφυγες προερχόμενη από την Τουρκία, ανατράπηκε κοντά στην Λέσβο. Είκοσι οκτώ άνθρωποι - ανάμεσα τους γυναίκες και παιδιά – πνίγηκαν στο τραγικό αυτό ναυάγιο. Στις 6 Σεπτεμβρίου 2012, σε ένα ακόμη ναυάγιο, εξήντα τρεις πρόσφυγες – οι μισοί εκ των οποίων ήταν παιδιά – έχασαν τη ζωή τους ανοιχτά της Σμύρνης.

Οι πρόσφυγες που αναζητούν στην Ευρώπη προστασία, έρχονται εδώ ελπίζοντας να βρουν μια ζωή με αξιοπρέπεια και ασφάλεια. Το γεγονός της βράβευσης της Ευρώπης το 2012 με το βραβείο Νόμπελ για την Ειρήνη μοιάζει περισσότερο με φάρσα. Η Ευρωπαϊκή Ένωση υιοθετεί και εφαρμόζει πρακτικές αποτροπής ενώ κρατά τα μάτια κλειστά όταν πρόκειται για τα καθημερινά ναυάγια στα θαλάσσια σύνορα της. Επιπλέον, εστιάζει ενεργά στην επιβολή πολιτικών που αυξάνουν τον κίνδυνο θανάτου των μεταναστών στη θάλασσα με το σφράγισμα των συνόρων και τα ολοένα και σκληρότερα μέτρα αποτροπής που λαμβάνει, διαδραματίζοντας έτσι καθοριστικό ρόλο σε αυτό το «παιχνίδι» της ζωής και του θανάτου.

 KAYIKI PRESS RELEASE

18.01.2013


“Grief itself is not enough”

On Sunday January 13, 2013 three corpses have been found on the seashore of south Chios Island. They belonged to refugees trying to cross the European borders. On December 15 a refugee boat heading from Turkey to Greece capsized near Lesvos Island, twenty eight people - including women and children- tragically drowned. Earlier, on September 6, sixty three people lost their lives in a tragic shipwreck near the coast of Izmir, more than half of whom were children.

These refugees were seeking protection in Europe with the hope to find a life in dignity and safety. Ironically, just a few weeks earlier Europe had been rewarded the Nobel Prize for Peace. However, the European Union keeps its eyes shut when it comes to the daily shipwrecks at Europe’s marine borders. Moreover, the EU actively focuses on the enforcement of policies that increase the risk of migrants’ death at sea by sealing the borders and harshening deterrence measures, thus playing a key role in this “game” of life and death.



In August 2008, academics, human rights activists and artists from Turkey, Greece, Austria and Germany had meetings on the Greek islands of Chios and in Dikili. The group named itself "Kayiki".

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