Oct 072016
 

In the post from yesterday I was saying that maybe today (07.10.2016) in the morning they police would come and proceed with the eviction.

outside the LagerIt didn’t happen, but it does not mean anything. Early morning the employers from PeWoBe knocked at the door of people’s room asking them to move, to go out of their rooms, they said “No, we are not moving”. After some time, the day movement started and people went outside, into the garden or to the front door, they were not going any where. They will stay.

Today no visits are allowed inside the Lager, no friends, no press, nobody can go inside. So I stayed outside and met my friend from the day before, and then continued chatting with people that was around. There is an inmense need to talk, to be heard, to express how the feel about how they are treated, all of them agreed, “they treat us like animals“. The strategy of threating people, just causes one effect, they get angry and get empowered to resist, to talk loud.

One guy came to me and said, “I know you”, I answered “mmm maybe”, he started talking, they’ve seen enough shit in their lives already (this was a young guy, early twenties), 8 cousins of him got kill by one bomb in one day, what’s going to scare them?, they won’t move, that’s the common feeling. He continues “they are all bastards, they’ve threatened us with Haus Verbot, who cares!! I won’t move”, he also explains, “we are 122 people we can block a street if we have to stay outside”. After a while we remembered where we had met,  he is friend of another guy that I met in another Lager, small world and nice to see the connections.

A lot of movement was going on, people coming and going,  some women, the bosses of PeWoBe also were coming in, people really dislike them, they say again “they think we are animals”, but as many pointed out, “we are engineers, teachers, nurses,etc… we came here only because of the war”.

One of them tells me, he had lived in Turkey several years, he speaks Turkish, so he got a job in a Turkish restaurant, he works, he earns his own money, he does not depend on Lageso’s money, but he can’t get a room or a house, and in the Lager they don’t even keep the dinner for him, even knowing that he comes from work late.

Many are already in the Job center, that is they’ve been recognised as refugees, but nothing changes, another case, he has permission to find a room fro over 3 years, he was not able to get it, “what can be done? why do they tell lies to us?” he asks.

Inside the building people are talking, discussing what to do next, resist and try to stay or accept the transfer. The following video shows that atmosphere inside.

Refugees gathering inside Bornitzstr Lager from abriraqui on Vimeo.

 

The day is rainy, cold, disquieting. Basically there are no supporters, but there is some press, a couple of media. Let’s see if something can be done.

20161007_123748In between, Markus brought us some tea outside, it was sooooo nice of him, and it did us so good, after some hours, the cold gets really inside, the fingers start get rigid, from the feet comes the direct cold of the ground, so to drink something hot was great!

Now I’m leaving again to go there, later I’ll continue.

Back again, I’ll continue with what has been a long day. While being outside and drinking our tea, more stories and thoughts were said. Some of them were threaten in their countries by official army, daesh, etc, there was no way to stay, behind they had to leave a whole life, family, friends, jobs that made them happy. One day they just had to start to way to Europe, under a promise of the “German dream”, after the way walking, traveling by sea, continue walking through the Balkan route until reaching Germany. And now what? All placed in crowded Lagers, under bad hygienic conditions, given bad food, suffering the pressure of the manager, receiving little help from social workers (except very special cases, that end up resigning due to differences with the company running the Lager), not able to get a job, to get a house even if they are recognised as refugees, to study. In this Lager, what was the German classroom, that had a library has become a room for 12 people, and the German lesson inside the Lager were canceled.

As Markus says “we come from a physical war to a psychological war”. That is what Europe is doing a psychological war on refugees.

Another guy joins the conversation, he starts explaining the living conditions in Kopenicker Alle Lager. His face is so white that I have the feeling he can faint, he is nervous, very stressed because of what is going on, of how they are treated as animals. He starts describing the Lager where they are supposed to be transfered to, in each room there are 12 people, there are no keys in the room, nor in the lockers, “I don’t care about money or things like handy, computers, etc .. but I need a safe place to keep all my diplomas. I’m a computer engineer”, the toilets are outside the Lager, when they were there to visit, he needed to go to the toilet, there were 13 people queuing in the cold and rain. He continued, “inside is like being in a jail, is like Guantanamo. We are not animals, we want human rights not animal rights. That place is so dirty, it has not been clean since World War I”, he also explained that the Lager is in the middle of nowhere, it took 30 minutes to walk to the first bus stop, then another half hour to get to the Sbahn that after 3 station will leave you in the East of Berlin, which means that if you have to cross the city for any paperwork, attend classes it will take another hour at least to get to the final place.

woman from Lageso conving people to leaveIn another corner, while we were talking, the woman from Lageso (a group of people from Lageso have spent the whole day in the Lager trying to convince people to move to Kopenicker Alle Lager)  comes outside and people start asking why are they treating them like that, what have they done, why are they lying to them, there are two floor in the current Lager being renovated and finish, why don’t they just move them to the upper floors, why are people being transfered while other people are getting registered… a big amount of questions are in everybody’s mind. There is only one answer, you will have to move, you can do it voluntarily or by force. There is no reasoning behind, no arguments, no explanations, I guess they think why should they explain themselves to this animals, the logics of power and business, the big business that refugees are in Germany right now.

I feel sad to see and not understand why people, good people are treated like this, is the same story that repeats itself Lager after Lager, there is nothing new in any of what I heard, is just new the people that tell it. On the other had I’m happy to have got in contact with the people in this Lager, maybe to have found new friends,  today was a long day but a nice day, at the end of the day it was clear the the transfer would not be done nor today nor during the weekend, probably on Monday they will try again.

Sometimes people ask, but if we go what can we do? resisting means not moving, so “no action” is taking place, I will always say, just come and sit and chat with people that are resisting, let  them know that there are people who care about what happens to them, that they are human and we always can provide human warmth, accompanying is also very political.

 Posted by at 8:04 am
Oct 062016
 

En este caso haremos una variante, del suquet de peix, es decir, se cocina de la misma forma, a diferencia de la llandeta.

Ingredientes:
Ajo, aceite, sal, tomate, perejil, cebolla, pimentón dulce de la Vera, pan.

Pescado blanco: maira, brótula

Cortamos cebolla (en este caso roja), ajo y perejil, por otro lado rallamos tomate, y cortamos una rodaja de pan (duro a ser posible), batimos todo en la batidora.suquet de peix 2

 

 

y lo sofreimos en la sartén con aceite caliente.

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Una vez sofrito, se añade un vaso de agua y se mete el pescado.

suquet de peix 2

 Posted by at 3:52 pm
Oct 062016
 

lager at Bornitzstr 102Today at around 16h I received a call. Someone had notified Lager Mobilisation Group, that 122 people living in the Lager (a camp) at Bornitzstr 102 (Lichtenberg – Berlin) were going to be evicted from this Lager and transfer to another Lager at Köpenicker Allee 164. No reasons were argued, they would be just thrown out.

The day was Grey, rainy, unpleasant, cold. I live close by and I had a couple of hours, I prepared my phone, took an extra-charger, checked my Internet speed connection and then went to check what was going on.

As I was arriving at the lager, I saw a couple of police vans and a bus with the doors open, as waiting for people to get in.

police at lagerpolice at lager

The contact was a Syrian refugee, once I was at the door I called him. He came with a couple of friends, almost without introducing ourselves, they started telling me what was happening. There was unrest in their words, they talked almost non-stop, their faces were worried. It took me some minutes to react and try to put some order in my thoughts of what to do. My only thought, what can I do, I’m not a lawyer, I’m not in any making-decision position, so I can only try one thing to make the situation visible. So I took my note book, a pencil and my phone.

Everything started yesterday (05.10.2016) , 122 people were told to pack their things, since they would be transfered to a much better lager. They assured them that if they didn’t like it they could come back. The information given was almost none, the reasons of the transfer, unknown. On one side they were told that they could close part of the building and that then they were starting moving part of them. This contradicts the fact that today, 3 new families arrived to the Lager. The refugees asked for a paper that explained, that proof that it was an official decision and not an arbitrary decision made by the company running the lager, PeWoBe. An aside before continuing, PeWoBe had several times appeared in the press because of the denigrating behaviour they had towards refugees in the lagers. This coincides with what our friend also was telling us, about how the social workers that were good people and cared for them and helped them were fired, 2 had been fired in the last months, and there are rumors that the one left has been also fired, although he could not confirm it.

They continued telling me, that a couple of them had gone to check this new, fantastic new lager, where they were going to be transfered, to check if really it was that nice. The visit was terrifying, the lager at Köpenicker Allee 164, was crowded, more than 800 people are already living there, the toilets are outside the building, which means to freeze in winter, literally they told me, “It was shit!”. So once this small group returned, they decided that they would resist and they would not leave on the buses. Among the 122 people are mainly single men and women, although a couple of families will also be evicted and a pregnant woman with her child. All nationalities are mixed, they are from Syria, Iran, Albania, Afghanistan, Pakistan and some Africans. “We are numbers, for them we are just numbers”, that’s how they described the situation, since nobody clarified anything.

We were outside, but I asked them if I could go inside with them and see the situation. “No problem, just follow me”. Once we entered the building, there were several policemen.

policemen insideI’m not sure what were they doing there, we didn’t stop, just went in. Later they told me, that they had been talking with the policemen to explain, that the thing was that they didn’t know why were they moving them, that the other Lager was much worse and that they would not move. This friend said that the police was shocked with this, since they had also been told that it was to go to a better place, but that in any case, they were just doing their job ( — side comment — I guess that one’s mind and sense of justice doesn’t work on working hours).

Once inside,  everything is heartbreaking, aseptic walls, corridors, in one floor you could already see, rubbish bags full with personal belonging all over the place mixed with strollers and children’s toys.

They took me, what I guess is normally the dining room. It was full of people, maybe 50-60 people. “This peoplgroup of people at lagere are part of the people that have been thrown out, but we will resist, we won’t go“. “Can we start a protest right now?” they asked me, followed by “Can they evict us by force, can they use the force, is it legal?“. I tried to explain that what is legal is not necessarily what they do, we are seeing daily how the authorities skip legality with total impunity. People in this room where coming and going. “Today they didn’t give us food. We didn’t have anything to eat”, that is part of the threats that the management have been menacing them, what other things could they do, we don’t know, but one thing is clear people working at this Lager have threaten refugees, if they don’t leave the lager without complain.

The friend I was talking with said, he had been living there for 1 year and 2 months, most of them had been staying there long, there had not been conflicts, at most some small discussions. Five months ago, the management of the Lager said, they would do some renovations in floors 4th and 5th, to improve their living conditions, for this reason they were squashed in floors 2nd and 3rd. In every room there are between 6-8 people. They accepted this situation since they thought it would be temporary, now they realised it was a lie.  Many of them have already the status of refugee, but they are still in lagers under control of private companies, even if they are already under Job Center.

 

 

I had to go, so I left them, exchanging numbers to keep in touch and saying that I would explain what was going on, with the hope, that we, as people, can help each other and prevent their transfer to another lager.

Tomorrow Friday 07.10.2016, early in the morning police is expected to take them to the other lager, but maybe we can do something about it, right?

 

 

 

 

 Posted by at 3:50 pm
Oct 052016
 

Siguiendo con las recetas marineras de la Barceloneta, ahora diremos cómo hacer la Llandeta, otro guiso de pescado.

Recordamos los ingredientes, que en la receta anterior dijimos que serían genéricos.

Ingredientes:
Ajo, aceite, sal, tomate, perejil, pimentón dulce de la Vera

Pescado blanco: salmonetes

La principal diferencia entre el Suquet y la Llandeta, es la forma de cocinar el pescado.

En la Llandeta, el pescado, en este caso los salmonetes, se ponen directamente en la sartén con aceite caliente. Lo suyo es que los salmonetes sean pequeños y que todos estén bien apretaditos en la sartén.

llandeta

Recordamos que no se les dan la vuelta. Y la clave está en que encima se pondrá ell tomate (rallado previamente), el pimentón, el ajo (crudo) y el perejil.

llandeta

Una vez se parten verticalemente, sabremos que están hechos y listos para comer.

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 Posted by at 3:38 pm
Oct 042016
 

Retomo el blog, motivada por no olvidar algunas recetas maravillosas aprendidas en la Barceloneta, de mano de algo más que una amiga.

Contaré en otro post un poco más sobre la historia y motivación que hay detrás de estas recetas, pero lo primero es lo primero, es decir, comer 🙂

Esta es una receta de “Suquet de peix” es decir, guiso de pescado. El pescado es de proximidad,  pescado a diario en la propia costa catalana. Así que es pescado fresco y sostenible medioambientalmente hablando.

Basados en los mismos ingredientes vamos a hacer tres recetas distintas.

Ingredientes:
Ajo, aceite, sal, tomate, perejil, cebolla, pimentón dulce de la Vera, vino blanco.

Pescado blanco: salmonetes, maira (o creo que también pijota), brótula

El pescado comprobamos si tiene escamos o no, lo limpiamos, si un truqui, si un pescado tiene mucha escama es que no es fresco.

Lo primero que hacemos es poner aceite en la sartén, seremos generosas con el aceite, añadimos ajo (también de forma generosa) y movemos hasta que se dore. Una vez dorado, añadimos el pimentón, sólo un minuto que no se queme. A continuación ponemos un vaso de vino blanco. Dejamos sofreir un poquito y añadimos el pescado, mezclaremos las mairas y las brótulas.

suquet de peix

Muy importante, al pescado no se le da la vuelta y nos daremos cuenta que está hecho cuando se rompa perpendicularmente. Antes de sacar ningun pescado esperamos a que todos estén rotos perpendicularmente y añadimos el perejil.

suquet de peix

Y entonces ya está listo para comer!!! y desaparecerá!!!

suquet de peix

 Posted by at 11:39 am