Photo lecture: Escape to Europe
When more and more people came to Europe via the Balkan route in 2015, the topic was omnipresent in the media. European politicians were quick to talk about how best to keep people from coming to Europe. Fences and walls were built, negotiations took place with dictators and laws were changed. This is not a humane answer - as one can observe especially outside Germany.
Thousands of people are still dying in the Mediterranean. In 2018 alone, bodies have already been discovered, but the number of deaths is probably much higher. Since 2015, several non-governmental-organisations have therefore set themselves the task of rescuing as many people as possible from distress at sea. But instead of thanking the rescuers, they are increasingly becoming the plaything of big politics. They face accusations, are threatened by the Libyan coastguard, and are sometimes investigated on the basis of illustrious accusations. It seems as if everything is being done to prevent people from drowning if possible. Those who save do not shy away. Those who save do not take part in Fortress Europe.
In his photo lecture, Erik Marquardt describes the situation of sea rescue workers on the high seas and on the escape routes to Europe. He reports on the Mediterranean, the Balkan route and Afghanistan. Where do the people come from? What is the situation like on other escape routes? Why do so many people sit on unseaworthy boats? These and other questions will be answered in the lecture, so that at the end an impressive picture of the flight to Europe will emerge.
Erik Marquardt is a photographer and politician with Bündnis 90/Die Grünen. From 2011 to 2013 he was a member of the board of the "free association of student associations" (fzs). Until autumn 2015, he was the spokesperson for the Green Youth. Since November 2015 he is a member of the party council of Bündnis 90/Die Grünen. He has often been on the escape routes to Europe and has supported several sea rescue missions. His photos and videos of the escape route have been published in many national and international media.