Reflections on the “Fortress Europe”

It seems May Hadweh and Susanne Baberg can join us from Palestine! This has been quite an odyssey – and unthinkable without support from many people. Right until now we were unsure if May Hadweh would be given a visa to enter the Schengen area. In fact it is very unusual to be granted a visa in so little time…

Helping to organise this – providing letter after letter, reading through long lists of requirements and rules, etc – has made me painfully aware of how unwelcoming Europe is towards most people on this planet. And also, how privileged I am not to have had to know about all these regulations, rules and borders so far…

For people with European passports the Mediterranean is a place for happy holidays at crowded beeches… for people trying to cross it coming from North Africa it is a high and extremely dangerous wall.

In solidarity with these people, the Lovis is sailing with eyes painted onto her bow- an old tradition that is very much alive in the Mediterranean. In solidarity with all people world wide who are striving to live their dream of freedom and of stepping into their potential – as we are.

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