I am Moro Yapha, from the Gambia, born on the 14-June-1990.
I am a radio maker and human rights advocate. I am a founding member of Wearebornfree! Empowerment Media and a board member of the RadioNetzwerk Berlin e.V.
I use social media, conducts lectures and workshops that focus on gender equality and on empowering women, minorities, and refugees most especially.
In 2015 August I met my colleagues in Berlin, refugee activist Muhammed Lamin Jadama and Bino through Oplatz movement in Berlin. And in 2016 I joined them to build the concept of Wearebornfree! Empowerment Radio to develop Radio and Media as our daily activist platform.
And My aim and motivation of doing radio is by creating a platform and space to express myself freely and willingly through everyday politic and social activism and advocacy for the minorities and marginalized people or groups in our communities and societies.
I speak on behalf of the voiceless, and never under estimate the power of your voice!
My name is Muhammed Lamin Jadama, I was born and raised in the SeneGambia region. I lived in Italy where I experienced and faced many difficult circumstances during and after the asylum process.
In 2009, I worked in farms to survive but also to have different experience for some months, then I later moved to Milan where I worked as a journalist for an online newspaper called Afronline for about a year.
In October 2011, I decided to move to Berlin for a new adventure. And also with a very little expectations because of my status which, due to the Dublin regulations, did not allow me to work here in Germany and stay for more than 90 days.
Since 2010, I have always been on the ground, closely tracing the quiet and dramatic moments of refugees’ daily life in Europe.
I used my camera for shooting pictures and documenting the situation of refugees and immigrants in many European countries including the 2012-2014 Oranienplatz refugee occupation camp in Berlin.
My wish is to make the unbearable situation of refugees and immigrants and their struggles in daily life visible.
I am Bino Byansi Byakuleka formerly known as Patras Bwansi Ugandan born in 1979.
A diploma holder in Industrial art and design, and also an Iconographer. In 2010 August became a refugee in Germany and 2012 August started a protest tent in Passau Klostagarten. In October I joined the big refugee protest camp in Berlin at Oranienplatz- Kreuzberg. I became more political and in late 2013 I funded the African Refugees Union(ARU) and recently I came up with a campaign “WE ARE BORN FREE! MY RIGHT IS YOUR RIGHT!” lobbying for HUMANITY SUPPORT
In 2014 I published a book: Mein Name ist Bino Byansi Byakuleka and wrote many articles.
It’s due to my experience I have passed through and the current situation of refugees in Germany and Europe that forced and empowered me to stand up and said: “I gonna start a radio!” For instance, the current wave of welcoming culture is very important in order to show alternatives to the racist hatred that is getting stronger each day. At the same time, this wave comes exactly at the time when our refugee movement has become very weak to almost not-existing anymore. The so-called civil society chooses to be in the helping position instead of supporting self-organized refugee resistance. This is a step back, it puts us back to being the helped supposedly passive object while the helpers are becoming a new lobby.
Therefore I came out with these questions below:
How can we deal with these developments? How can we come out of the watching, the passive position, back into the acting, proactive, demanding one? How to organize a protest against the horrible law changes which are not (much) considered by helpers and white charity?
In January 2016 I started a radio “Wearebornfree! Empowerment Radio(We!R)” as a political strategy to over the mainstream media and make our voices stronger and visible.
WE!R serves as a platform for empowerment to both refugees and friends. Focusing on refugee women, children and LGBTIQ relatively and other issues such as sexism, homophobia, nationalism and among others that have been neglected in the refugee movement.
It is also as a network to reach those we cannot reach through street protests politically, socially/ culturally, scientifically, economically and spiritually.
Is this the umbrella we are living under now a days?
December 10th 1948 General Assembly resolution 217 A, says; on the following articles:
All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.
Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration, without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status. Furthermore, no distinction shall be made on the basis of the political, jurisdictional or international status of the country or territory to which a person belongs, whether it be independent, trust, non-self-governing or under any other limitation of sovereignty.
My question again are we under these umbrellas?
And where are United Nations, since from 1948 to date 28th November 2018, under which worst atrocities are commited????
THE HIDDEN RESPONSIBILITIES, CAUSES, COMMON MISCONCEPTIONS AND STEREOTYPES OF EUROPE TOWARD AFRICA.
What is IMMIGRATION? Immigration is the international movement of peoples into a destination country of which they are not natives or where they do not possess citizenship in order to settle or reside there, especially as permanent residents or naturalized citizens,or to take up employment as a migrant worker or temporarily as a foreigner.
And this is how Europe see Africans, as much poorer, less educated fleeing from poverty and ignorance. But this are the reality:
E.U contribute to Africa,s economic misery due to its selfish external trade policy. Never the less, the prevailing perspectives of the EU and of its member countries concerning African IMMIGRATION remains to be focused on security, the foreclosure of its external borders and prevention,s. Current EU programs and concepts to fight African migration are questionable. Even development oriented approaches are bound to fail, if not backed by sustainable Immigration Policies.
Africa,s ECONOMIC history is a history of large population movements driven by a variety of reasons: Notably, slave trade and colonialism by the Europeans, violent conflicts interfered and sponsored by western powers, extreme poverty caused by the Europeans of looting all the resources and now being misused by our own leaders whom are raise by the Europeans. Ecological degradation, population pressure and a certain cultural prosperity of some ethnic groups for outward orientation. Still up today most of the half of Africans live under conditions of extreme poverty and definitely insecurity.
Migration is not necessarily a zero game, where one side losses to the benefits of others. This hold for Africa too. In the idea case, all parties involved could gain benefit:The migrants, their extended families at home,the countries of origin and the receiving countries,if migration would be properly managed in the overall interest. But unfortunately selfish interest of major players which are Europeans involved in this game, both on an individual and state level.
By their discouragement and zero-Migration policies on the part of the fortress Europe for Example, encouraging Irregular migration, smuggling, marginalization and exploitation of migrants on different levels and stages of their journey to Europe.
As Africa lost their Educated peoples as many have most to gain by Europe of their resources endowment and they are more vulnerable than others to benefit from the pull factors, like better living and economic conditions in their host countries. This is one of the reasons of a considerable” BRAIN DRAIN“Which is the EMIGRATION of highly trained or qualified people from a particular country.
As Africa lost 3rd of its academic work force to highly Industrialized countries like Europe and U.S.
Africa has been the most important source of this” BRAIN DRAIN” due to the economic and/or political crisis being caused and fuel by the Western powers.
How ever, there are also positive the opposite of “BRAIN DRAIN” which is “BRAIN GAIN” Which is an increase in the number of highly, foreign-born professionals entering a country to live and work where greater opportunities are offered. Which is transfer of knowledge, of innovations and the consolidation or extension of foreign trade relations. New value systems,political and spiritual orientations, acquired by migrants in Europe, and Imported into their home countries often contributed significantly to the development of Africa. Migrants among the African political elite for example mostly educated at European Universities, played a decisive role in many liberation movements. Heroes of African Independence, like LEOPOLD SEDARSENGHOR, KWAME NKURUMA, AMILCAR CABRAL,FRANTZ FANON or Nelson Mandela and many exiled politicians of A.N.C which contributed to the end of apartheid in South Africa.
In additions, remittances of African migrants can contribute considerably not just the well being of their families at home, but to poverty reduction and development on a regional or even changing of dictatorship regime, example like The Gambia Where there was a dictatorship ruling of 22 years, but The Gambian migrants or peoples living in diasporas play the most important role to make change through remittances.
Therefore, it has been recognized that remittances; Mostly from Europe; constitute the second largest source of external private finance in African developing countries, up to now they are an underutilized and badly manage source of national development in the countries of origin.
However, the EU member countries bear their share of responsibility too: highly entry barriers, and the criminalization of irregular migrants,results in social seclusion and formation of ghettos of migrants in European capitals, which discourage remittances because the concerned prefer to care for their immediate own needs in an hostile social and political environment.
MIGRANTS ROUTES FROM AFRICA TO REACH TO EUROPE.
How African migrants make there way to Europe.
Within this two decades Northern Africa developed into a transit region for sub-Saharan migrants. The new migration pattern, its policy response by the Maghreb and European states, as well as its negative; side effects; on the migrants concerned. And the actual number of migrants living in transit in northern Africa is difficult to estimate. Most of them are irregulars and without papers, mostly living under miserable conditions without being treat as human being, in an Arabic Xenophobic social environment.
As part of my own experience with many of my fellow Sub-Saharan migrants who passed through Libya considered ourselves being treated as slaves and inhumane, poor wretches, or subhuman beings .And we are not certainly welcomed by the local population and the authorities.
And many thousands of African migrants died or went missing on the perilous sea journey under appalling conditions, according to the estimation of I.O.M.
And migrants have to pay a large amount of money to the smugglers .
Unfair EU foreign trade policy migration pressure of young youths from Africa, because no other perspectives for them to make for their lives.
And this has been recognized by the EU member states too. And they promised to stem the growing flow of migrants, among others is by increasing in the so-called development Aid to the most West and North African countries. How ever their So-called Aid and development do not necessarily lead to a reduction of migration, hence its not going into the right place and not benefiting the youths.
According to the studies published by the World Bank, International NGOs, and others repeatedly blamed EU in this respect, providing that the EU foreign trade policy contributes to a significant extend to reduce the income earning possibilities of African producers, in pursuit of the commercial interest of the EU members states, and to the detriment of development in Sub-Saharan Africa.
In addition, this selfish foreign trade policy of the EU an its member states counteracted its own pro-poor development cooperation with African states which it tried to implement since decades.
African migration is a reflection of its socio-economic dynamics since the times of the slave trade. In this decades the number of refugees from conflicts in Africa increased dramatically. The conflicts ridden and poverty Stricken region of Western Africa became cradle of migration from Sub-Saharan African to Europe, where most African migrants with overseas destinations live. They flee from their desolate economic situation, violent conflicts or political persecution. They DRAIN of human capital from Africa is most pronounced in the employment sector for highly qualified personnel.
The European Union and its member states share a heavy dual responsibility for the continuing migration pressure: first because they fostered over decades corrupt and autocratic regimes like dictatorship countries or leaders which are cooperating with them like Sudan president Omar Al-Bashir, Idriss Deby and many more others. And those dictatorship regimes are still to be felt today, and constitutes one of the underlying factors for politically motivated migration. Secondly, the EU contributed to Africas growing economic misery, due to the damaging effects of European selfish external trade policy. Nevertheless, the prevailing perspectives of the EU concerning Africans immigration remains to be focused on security foreclosure of its external borders and prevention.
Research and written by Moro Yapha or commonly known as Yaya Yaffa.A refugee and political activist.
Slogan: EQUAL RIGHTS AND JUSTICE FOR EVERYONE.
Racial profiling by the German police at its extend…..
The first time to got control by police in Görlitzer park.
I was passing by the park, suddenly found 3 police vans, with bunch of police.
Then I was stopped and asked to put my bicycle beside, put of my jacket and raise my hands up.
I asked why? The police man told me we are on a general control.
I responded general control, but why not stopping other people’s passing by different from blacks, while only stopping blacks for control?
#police: we doing it because black people are the ones selling drugs, and committing crimes here.
#I: Responded but I’m not dealing with drug, neither commiting crimes, I have been living here for 3 years now, coming here and chilling like the way others chill different race from me, but always when there are police, you always approach the blacks without controlling others.
But I’m not surprised, I’m expecting this always, because I’m black and I’m criminalized.
#Police: Nooo that’s not true, Don’t say that
#I: Of course that’s true and am gonna say that again.
I was checked every where, inside my wallet, inside my bag every single hole and from my jacket and my body.
Then my phone was collected, they found 2 phones with me,.
#Police: why you have 2 phones?
#I: that’s not your concerned, I deal with my phone’s.
The small phone with Lyca communication and the smart phone for internet and calls, so you shouldn’t ask me of why am having 2 phone’s.
#Police: Unlock your phone?
#I : for what reason?
#Police: if it’s a stolen phone or not
#I: Okay so am I not able to buy this phone by my self?
#Police: No we’re going to control and if not stolen, we give you back.
#Police: Do you know anyone here or you know what they are doing here?
#I: every one here is my brother, because they are Africans, and thesame time blacks being criminalize including myself as a black.
#Police: Police but do you know what are they doing here?
#I : I don’t care what they doing, but I know that they hangout to chill as thesame as how the other race’s chilled.
But always police control and criminalization against them, because of our race and background.
At the end they gave me my ausweis and the telephone.
#Police: have your phone and ausweis.
#I: Is it a stolen phone or not?
#Police: No every thing is fine, you can go now or you stay if you want to.
#I: No I’m going to stay here as normal as the others staying around.
#Police: Okay then have a nice day
#I: you too and have a happy black control day, because that’s always your mission here, but as I said it’s never a surprised, because that’s how we the blacks recognised ourselves like that…….racial profiling by police.
Thank you So much Berliners, thank you so much symphatizers and thank you so much humanity lover’s, it was in a history that hundreds and thousands of people came out on the streets of the German capital to March and demonstrate against #Racism #Sexism #Discrimination #Facism #Nationalism, and all such kinds of division’s and distinctions .
Though I was so impressed and excited that so many people were chanting and shouting #SayitLoudSayitClearRefugeesAreWelcomeHeere and also#NoBoardersNoNationRefugeesAreWelcomeHere.
But what devastated and doubted me was seeing some individuals holding #European #union flag and other Similar flags as sign of owning or belonging to Europe or a state, and while these people are #EU citizen’s.
And if we says #Antinationalism, #antifacism, welcoming and fitting people’s who are not recognised as #EU citizen’s.
Then how are the those Hundreds and thousands of non #EU citizen’s presented at the demo going to see or feel themselves?