I am a member of an NGO called Projekt Seehilfe e.V. We support refugees in Sicily with materialistic and idealistic help. Last year, I was one of three people that went to Sicily, together with another NGO from Germany: Hanseatic Help e.V.
I wrote two texts that summarized what I experienced there and what I thought when I was confronted with a type of problem that plays an important role in contemporary Europe. Because these texts are in German, I will publish an English version here. You can find the original article here.
A drop in the ocean
Mustafa* stands in front of the table, and he is looking at me. I just gave him the card of the NGO called Projekt Seehilfe e.V. with which I am in Catania, Sicily. Initially, I just gave it to his friend, who was much more talkative and who appeared to be interested. However, because he was standing right next to him, it felt wrong not to give him one as well. Holding the card, he looks like he does not know what to do with it. Timidly, he laughs. It seems that my assessment was correct. He stands in front of me, says thank you and looks me in the eyes. We didn’t even talk during the whole dinner, and I had the impression that he was just about to leave. We start talking. I cannot remember why and how we start the conversation – probably with one of these generic questions, like: “Where are you from?” Then, he starts talking. Continue reading a drop in the ocean