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Flight for Life – Telling the Stories of Refugees

19.10.2016

Zehn russische Studenten der St. Petersburg State University und zehn amerikanische Nachwuchsjournalisten der Northwestern University in Chicago kamen am 8. Juni 2016 für eine gemeinsame Projektwoche nach Hamburg, um zusammen mit zehn Studenten des IMC multimediale Stories über die Schicksale und das Leben von Flüchtlingen in Hamburg zu produzieren.

Intensive Vorbereitungsarbeiten der Studenten an allen drei Hochschulen gingen dieser Projektwoche voraus. Mit dem Thema „Flight for Life“ knüpfte sie an das letztjährige Programm ‚Transmedia Storytelling – Telling the Story of Refugees in Hamburg‘ an, an dem Studenten des IMC gemeinsam mit Studenten der School of Journalism and Mass Communication der St. Petersburg State University beteiligt waren.

Es war in diesem Jahr von ganz besonderem Interesse zu sehen, was sich in Deutschland und speziell in Hamburg im vergangenen Jahr in der Flüchtlingsfrage getan hat. Entwicklungen und Veränderungen durch politische Entscheidungen, Erfolge und Probleme  in der Aufnahme einer wachsenden Zahl von Flüchtlingen gehörten zu den Themen, über die von den Studententeams berichtet wurden. Was kann die Stadt leisten und was tut sie, um den Spannungen zu begegnen, die sich derzeit im Umgang der Bevölkerung mit der wachsenden Zahl der Asylsuchenden entwickeln. Es geht dabei nicht nur um die Versorgung der Flüchtlinge mit Nahrung, Kleidung und Schlafplätzen, sondern auch um die gesundheitliche Versorgung oder um psychologische Betreuung nach zum Teil traumatisierenden Erfahrungen auf der Flucht. Im Mittelpunkt aller Arbeiten standen aber die Flüchtlinge mit ihren Familien selbst. In Audio- und Videoaufnahmen und schriftlichen Interviews sprachen sie über verlorene Heimat, verlorene Familien, über ihre Ängste, Hoffnungen und Erwartungen und ihre Erfahrungen in einem fremden Land.

 

PEDIATRIC HEALTHCARE

By Ryan Connelly Holmes
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As tens of thousands of Syrians flock across the southern border into Jordan, they find a healthcare system that is ill-prepared to meet their needs. 



THE PAIN OF FAMILIAL SEPARATION

By Aleksandra Elfacheva, Nikita Mandhani and Nina Halbig
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As soon as the sun sets each night, more than one million Syrian refugees in Germany drink the first few sips of water after hours of fasting during the holy month of Ramadan.


REFUGECATION

By Darina Gribova, Aruna Valliappan, Thomas Vogel and Kolja Warnecke
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Sitting on a bench overlooking Outer Alster Lake in central Hamburg, Abdullah Abdalal remembers his childhood years in Damascus, Syria's capital city, playing video games, eating family dinners and walking his dog.


SECOND CLASS REFUGEES

By Vladislav Chirin, Zineb Doubli and Patrick Martin
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More than 55,000 Afghans have applied for asylum in Germany in the last five years. Since the Syrian war refugee crisis broke out, Afghans have faced more difficulties in attaining asylum. For some of them deportation means a death sentence.


A KEY TO THE WORLD

By Bian Elkhatib, Luiza Vafina and Pia Lorenzen
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Thamer Imad is 22. Mohamed is 46. Both are Syrian refugees living in Hamburg. But there is a crucial difference: One speaks German, one does not.


"IT FEELS GOOD, BUT IT DOESN’T FEEL LIKE HOME”

By Catherine Barney, Tanja Drozdzynski and Harry Huggins
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Nobody was planning on 500 newcomers arriving daily to Hamburg in the latter half of 2015. Hamburg has a general housing problem and finding an apartment in the city is challenging for everyone.


SEEKING REFUGE AND UNDERSTANDING

By Mona Klarkowska, Alina Kurpel and Enrica Nicoli Aldini
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A young Iranian woman is looking for directions in Hamburg, Germany. She asks strangers on the street for help, but to no avail. Fatemeh Abdollahzadeh has just arrived in Germany.


IN TRANSIT

By Kat Lonsdorf, Sarah Apel, Arthur Kropanev and Philipp Meuser
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Tarek Gharib leans against the wall in the hallway of Café Refugio, a church-basement-turned-coffeehouse and meeting place for refugees in the southern Hamburg neighborhood of Harburg. 


BRIDGING THE CULTURAL DIVIDE

By Daria Malitskaya, Stephanie Golden and Roman Azadzoy
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Hakim Chohbishat, living in Germany for the past four years, said the oppression his people face has been forgotten. However, this migrant did not flee from Syria, Afghanistan, or Iraq, he left a country once known as Al-Ahwaz.


THROUGH INTEGRATION, GERMANY REMAINS SAFE FOR REFUGEES

By Max Greenwood, Kristina Bosslar and Viktoriia Fomenko
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Public fears that refugees could turn to criminal activity are at an all-time high. But instances of crime among migrants in Germany are no higher than they were before the refugee crisis. In Hamburg, Germans and refugees alike are working to keep it that way.


STUCK

By Jannika Grimm, Polina Popova and Raquel Zaldivar
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On a bright, sunny day in Harburg, a southern borough of Hamburg, Germany, Farwazan Chelozai, an Afghan woman in her late twenties, is sitting with her brother in a sunny room in an Erstaufnahme fur Asylsuchende, or reception center for asylum seekers. 

 

Schauen Sie für weitere Informationen über das Projekt auch gerne hier vorbei: http://theflightforlife.com/

Trilaterale Projektwoche Flight for Life //
Telling the Stories of Refugees, 8. – 15. Juni 2016
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