A room with no borders; you are at home, share your stories. Use your voice for others while the world chooses to shut its eyes and ears.
Here’s who and what you’ll find in the War & Poverty Room:
Karen Doyle from Movement for Justice
Karen is the national organiser for the independent, integrated, civil and immigrant rights organisation The Movement for Justice By Any Means Necessary. The group are committed to justice, equality and respect and have organised demonstrations such as those at detention centre Yarl's Wood, which has in the past been plagued by exposés and damning accusations of racism and sexual abuse.
Sheila Triggs from The Women's International League for Peace and Freedom
The Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) is the oldest international feminist organisation active in the world today. Sheila is one of the visionaries and activists that comprise it, all of whom are dedicated to preventing war, ensuring that women are represented at all levels in the peace-building process and promoting human rights and social, economic, and political justice.
Shannon Pazz from The International Rescue Committee
The International Rescue Committee responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people whose lives and livelihoods are shattered by conflict and disaster to survive, recover, and gain control of their future. The world’s more than 60 million displaced people, the highest number ever recorded, require more than “aid as usual.” Their growing and increasingly complex needs mandate a transformation—a creative rethinking—in the global humanitarian response. The International Rescue Committee has taken on this challenge.
A performance of ‘What They Took With Them - A List’
‘What They Took With Them - A List’ is a rhythmic, spoken-word poem by Jenifer Toksvig inspired by the first-hand testimonies of refugees forced to flee their homes. It lists items they took with them, and thoughts as they fled into exile. In 2016, it was made into a film by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and Facebook to promote awareness of the global refugee crisis.
Obliterated Families with Ala Kahil
142 Palestinian families lost three or more members during the 2014 Israeli assault on the Gaza Strip. “Disastrously, the safe guess is that physical distance and the fact that both soldiers and commanders did not have to soil their hands with blood nor see the mangled bodies with their own eyes helped them greatly to bury any information, knowledge, and thought,” said Amira Hass. The #ObliteratedFamilies project, produced by Anne Paq and reporter Ala Qandil tells the stories of some of the families, the loved ones killed and those left behind.
No Mad Makers
“If our hands were tied, we’d go mad!” cry the No Mad Makers. When faced with the feeling that the world had big problems - too big to ignore, but too big to do something about - they refused to do nothing. Floor travelled to Lesvos to help refugees and made plans to turn discarded boats into backpacks. With her friend Didi, they designed a bag that could be made in an hour with simple tools and without electricity. The No Mad Makers had been born. Join them to influence the news that influences you.
War Resisters’ International
War Resisters' International (WRI) as a worldwide network is challenged with responding to – or not responding to – many crises situations around the world. There are the 'global' challenges and crises like large wars involving many different countries from different continents (like the wars in the former Yugoslavia in the 1990s, the Iraq war of 2003, or Syria/Iraq today). There are regional conflicts and crises like the ongoing occupation of Palestine or the war in South Sudan, and there are national or even local violence, and the flaring up of persecution for example of conscientious objectors or human rights defenders, and political murders on all continents.
Beyond Time Productions
Beyond Time is an independent production company established in 2014 in London, England. Our small but passionate team is comprised of a diverse range of professional backgrounds including directors, cinematographers, editors, and producers. Together we seek out untold stories and unheard voices, wherever they may be and provide a platform to share their narrative with the world.
Stop the Traffik
We are a global movement of activists around the world who passionately give their time and energy to build resilient communities and prevent human trafficking. We are a campaigning organisation that seeks to build a traffik-free world!
Sea-Watch is a private initiative founded in 2014 by a group of citizens, dedicated to putting an end to the dying on the Mediterranean Sea.
The European Union advocates democracy and human rights yet continues to fortify its stronghold, by spending billions of euros on border protection, or ethically questionable and highly controversial resettlement treaties with third countries such as Turkey. It is because of measures like these that each year thousands of people lose their lives on their journeys to safe harbour in the EU, many within sight of our precious beaches and shores.
We have therefore taken matters into our own hands and dedicated ourselves to maritime rescue. We thereby try to fill a vacuum that was left by the discontinuation of Mare Nostrum, Italy’s institutionalised search-and-rescue mission, which was able to rescue 130,000 people before it’s closure. We strongly believe that this is a humanitarian duty that should belong in the hands of all EU member states, and therefore plead for a long term international, institutionalised search-and-rescue mission with a clear mandate, and above all: legal passageways for asylum seekers.