every day, thousands of refugees
try to cross the border illegally November 2017,
Serbia border area, external border EU I don’t want to be a terrorist.
I don’t want to kill the others. You say: These people are Arabic.
ISIS or Al-Qaeda. But we are not from ISIS or Al-Qaeda.
Do I look like ISIS or Al-Qaeda? I’m here. The only things you know about that
is what you’ve seen in the media… or on TV or what you’ve read.
I wonder how different it’s going to be. I always feel the same way
when people talk about it. I think: Shit, I want to do that too. I want to help or simply
find out more about it. Where will I stay? In Syria? Come with me to Syria
and see if you can live in Syria. It would be interesting
to try and find the time and space… not to cross the border,
but to go to that border. To talk to people and visit people there… who haven’t got the freedom we have. a story about talking with each other I don’t want to stay in Syria. I want to go.
I want to have a future, to have a life. Like your life.
-Here we don’t have a life. It will be harder to say,
and why should I be saying: ‘Bye, we’re going back
and you have to stay here.’ I think this will make me feel powerless
and that’s why I’m nervous. the band MY BABY has played
at several big festivals at home and abroad as ambassadors of Freedom 2018
it is their wish to talk to refugees together with news reporter Mitra Nazar
we will visit… a place refugees call the jungle It’s night-time and below zero
when we get there. We’ve finally arrived.
It’s almost dark. Here is the warehouse. These guys are really persistent.
They want to move on. They try every day, again and again.
They call it ‘the game’. Crossing the border illegally,
time and again. I’m not sure we should just walk in
with this light and the camera. Or maybe…
Wait here, then we’ll go and have a look. I came to this country because there were
too many problems in Afghanistan, Taliban. This country is not good.
I don’t sleep in a room, but in the jungle. We have big problems with the police. The refugees and migrants
who do have money… have already left with smugglers. Because the Taliban are in my country,
I came to this country. That’s my problem.
Every day people come. It’s normal. The Taliban are no good. They almost always come back here… because they get stopped
by the Croatian police. Violence is often used. They hate me. They will always hate me.
-The police? Why? I don’t know.
They tell me not to come back here. They want you to be scared to go
back there? That’s why they beat you? I tried to kill myself.
I was in Croatia for two days in a hospital. You did this to yourself?
-Yes, if I hadn’t done this… they would have taken me to the police
and wouldn’t stop hitting me. It looks like Afghanistan.
It’s not different here than in Afghanistan. The only difference is that we came here
from far. That’s the difference. It makes you feel helpless. I feel like I want to hand out money
or something like that. One guy told me he had 500 Euros… but the police took it away from him. They probably take it
because it lessens their chances. Then I think: And then what? Should people just die here? Hello.
-From which country are you? Holland. Yesterday I crossed the border.
I walked three days to Zagreb. The police caught me, fought with me
and deported me here. That’s where they hit you?
-Fighting, yes. They’re just ordinary people. Such sweet people.
They all look after each other here. I wish I could say
Europe could look after them that way… like this group of people is taking care
of each other, but that doesn’t happen. They constantly get beaten. On the one hand there are a lot
of very sad stories and people… and that results
in this fraternising sound… of music, ironically enough.
That is just wonderful. It was a bit of a whirlwind. Somebody said:
‘You’re filming this party… but will you also film
where we go to sleep?’ Then you realise
that there’s another side… Now they’re fraternising, but later on… is when they really have to survive.
And with that… They’re together,
but they don’t get any help. the next day we visit some shelters This is often the first place
they come to. That’s why the shelter
is close to the station. I come here every morning.
I work as a volunteer. My family, a hundred years ago,
were also immigrants. They were Jewish
and had to go on a similar journey. My mother’s father walked
from Minsk to Rotterdam. What are we doing with these
people here? We do nothing. I apologise for getting a bit angry… but it makes me emotional.
I have to do this. It’s a circle. It’s…
You just can’t help doing it. You can’t turn a blind eye.
-You can’t turn a blind eye. Learn something about this,
that you can help people. You can listen to people
and show compassion. That’s the most important message. Go to people, listen to their stories,
suffer with them. This is Krnjaca refugee camp… one of the bigger shelters for refugees
in Serbia. I don’t know exactly how many people are
here, but there are lots of families with kids. We’re trying to help them
as much as we can. Different people, different stories. Some babies were born here in Serbia.
It’s not so easy, it’s difficult. For one year and two months I’ve been
stuck here. It’s very sad. When I… They welcomed us with open arms
and smiles on their faces… which I hadn’t really expected. I expected people to be
much more angry… about their fate, what happened
to them. They have no place to go. These people can take so much hardship.
That’s really impressive. It was very good to talk with you.
Thank you. Good luck. Good luck with your travels. This is the room.
-Is this your room? Can we see? Is that mummy? Hello, how are you?
-Good morning. I think it’s good to get to know each other. So you live here with the whole family? We have two rooms.
-Two rooms for the whole family? So you sleep with five in each room? How long have you been here?
-One year and two months. In Afghanistan
there were many problems. With ISIS and the Taliban.
I couldn’t go to school. I was living in Kunduz.
It was very bad. I couldn’t study. Can you study here?
-Yes, I speak English here. The girl said: I have a little bit of freedom. I can go to classes,
but I can’t go beyond the gates. What do you want to be when you grow up?
-A journalist. A journalist? I just want… All I want is the life you’re living. I hope that you’ll have a better future. And that you can…
How do you say that? I would love to promise them so much,
but I can’t make it happen. I can say: I want you to have
the same opportunities we have… but I can’t say that, you know? It’s just hard,
because they’re so sweet… and even in this hopeless situation… they seem to have some hope left. That you can live your dream… or that you can study and work
and become a journalist, like you said. You want to say something to them… to wish them to have a happy future. I said I wish their dreams may come true,
but that’s… I don’t even know what their dream is.
It’s a vague dream… of another life in Germany,
which will also be really hard. Maybe they’ll end up in a slightly
better shelter or a small house. But that’s nothing
compared to what they deserve. It’s really tough. Let me hug everyone. Thank you. It feels like a lump of inequality
inside of you. A kind of… As if they don’t matter
or something like that. Such beautiful, kind people… who really want to be given
an opportunity… and want the life that I was
fortunate enough to be born into. It is hard to realise it sometimes,
when you’re busy living your own life. To realise how much freedom we have,
all of the time. I feel, as ambassador of freedom… I think Liberation Day
could be a good day… to remember all those people
who aren’t free… How can I say this? To stop and think about them. It also feels strange to celebrate
that we are free… but it’s also meaningful. I think it would be good for people… to hear actual stories
and to look people in the eye. To talk with them. Being open to interaction, really. In your everyday life
you are quite shielded… from problems, from things happening
in the streets, from other people. That’s what’s happening in our society. You can mean so much to people
if you’re open to it. To take people in
and listen to their stories. Do small things to help.
Even gestures can be meaningful. You can see something change
when you look people in the eye. When you make contact, people
will respond to that right away… and there is this sense
of relating to each other. Hey, human, human. They get ignored a lot,
except by relief workers. If you’re ignored in the streets
and get pushed away… then these relief workers
and these people are so important. Go to people, listen to their stories,
suffer with them. I hope for all of you
you won’t have to stay here too long… and that you’ll have a better future
than you have here and now. Thank you for letting us film here. Open the border.
Open the border, please.