A plea for Europe 2016

After venturing through seven European countries and travelling approximately 4000 km by boat, train and bus from Lesbos and Samos via Athens to Karlsruhe, the refugee crisis is perhaps more tangible to me, but still startling in its complexity and forever changing. There are so many borders, people, interests and politicians involved, so many powers at play and so many words: words of accusation, words of support, words of hatred, words of intolerance, and a noisy silence of indifference. One thing is the words or no words. Another thing is the individuals involved in the crisis, at the very heart of it. Continue reading