Photo source:Grig Richters kneeling in front of the Brandenburger Tor in Berlin. Behind him is his 45 year old Volkswagen bus named Bulli. 09 December 2018 – Photo by Uwe Praetel for #Imarchforyou www.imarchforyou.org
From October 27th to December 9th, Grig Richters was walking from Paris to Berlin. The filmmaker and activist from Hamburg initiated this march to gain attention for his mission to help save refugee children from refugee camps all over Europe. He fights for mainly orphened children who have no ambassador for their protection anymore, when they lost their parents and siblings on the way. He describes the horrible conditions in which refugees are living in these camps and that especially for these kids, rape and violence is a sad and unbearable normality for them. Many of them are trying to escape by suicide…
On his way he met a lot of people who were showing support and followed his call to sign his bus and the petition he is preparing. Although he reached successful agreements with mayors of major German cities, to take three to fourhundred children into their custody, laws and regulations have to be met accordingly. Therefore there is still so much that needs to be done. Richters appeals to not only these German mayors, but all UN governments, to open their gates to rescue these children in need.
Here’s a short excerpt from his website:
“My name is Grig Richters. I am a German filmmaker and I am making 1 Million steps to save 1,000 children from the refugee camps. Will you join me?
We are in the midst of a humanitarian crisis. According to the United Nations Refugee Agency, “an unprecedented 68.5 million people around the world have been forced from their homes. Among them are nearly 25.4 million refugees, over half of whom are under the age of 18.”
We need to save the refugee children stuck in camps on EU soil
Currently there are around one thousand unaccompanied children stuck in refugee camps on EU soil. Many of these children are held in Camp Moria, Greece. The only thing these children want is to live a normal life. Many of these children lost their families during the war and they went through hell to come to Europe. But many of these children are being raped and tortured inside the refugee camps. As the BBC recently reported, and I have friends who volunteer in these camps and witness this on a daily basis, many of these children try to commit suicide.
March with Me
Thats is why I march from Paris to Berlin – travelling over 1,000 Miles on foot – to raise awareness about their situations and to get the EU leaders to listen and to give these children the home they deserve!
I am asking the German, French, Canadian and Luxembourg Governments: “Please save our children” but my voice alone isn‘t enough so please join me by signing the petition.”
Photo source: #Imarchforyou https://www.imarchforyou.org/