(KEEP ESCAPE ROUTES CLEAR)
B.: “Boat Bags are made out of the rubber boats we came with… It is like an extension of our memory… the boats that brought us here, we are carrying on now.”
Mohajer is the persian word for traveler, as well as refugee.
“Bag Mohajer” is a social project in Greece in which young refugees sew bags out of unusable old clothes as well as those rubber dinghies and life jackets that brought them in a perilous journey across the Mediterranean to Europe.
In those dinghies many people, including many minor refugees, dare the crossing from Turkey to Greece. However, the ones who manage to reach Greece despite coastguards and Frontex do neither find protection nor safety: systematic human rights violations and the lack of a functioning asylum system is here a European reality. Us refugees who were in the same situations ourselves years ago – want to build a network of solidarity in cooperation with activists.
With “Bag Mohajer”, we aim to work collectively to create perspectives. We want to create a safe space for those in need of protection, in which we try to make the flight and the thereby caused separations and losses bearable. The project brings together people with different dreams but similar fates. We do not want to give up our dreams and therefore we want to spread a piece of our history through “Bag Mohajer”. We are not allowed to travel but no borders can prevent us from telling our stories.