My day off, full of Questions!
Where will I place myself in the refugee camp? As a simple Arabic Translator or will I do more? This is a big question to ask. All day long I got invitations to do stuff. For the moment I am only passing messages.
Getting back to last night
Today I slept a long time, I finished my night shift with a Malian Sans-Papers. He needed some pants and a medical check up. Last night I took a quiet evening. I needed to work so only when they needed me they called me. So I only did one translation, while we had 6 patients. The five I didn't didn't need a translator.
The Hunger Strike
Today I woke up with a message that the Iraqi's would organize a hunger strike in one of the closed expulsion centers. In the message there were Rojava supporters and Trotskyist. I remember from a hunger strike a year ago that the Trotskyists took actually care of the hunger strikers. I know for a long time the Communists do this. And I always see more communist volunteers at the medical post schedule. The Trotskyists are also active during the day at the Camp. So I am getting a bit afraid the will use the public space of the camp and the media attention to start a hunger strike with the Sans-Papers in the camp to ask for a general regularisation. I am not against a general regularisation, but we should regard the fact that extreme politics are not the means that should be used in the Camp. I am more at ease with the Theme Park idea and the integration idea. The vocational training of the refugees should be the first thing to do. Also the vocational training of the volunteers.
Searching a place
Still I did now 4 nights in the refugee camp and I am still searching for making my place and making the assessment of the camp. There are a lot of powers pulling at me. Should I go for the media and start writing an official blog in one of the formalized places for this. Or should I support Herman Van Rompuy for a revolution of tolerance. Or should I radicalize again to my communist origins. The only people who are letting me loose are my employers (The NGO sector). They are not emergency NGO's but they do work for migration. Maybe it was just a mistake to work for an emergency organization like MdM, because professionally this touches my neutrality as a photographer. The big problem is that I forget that I should compartmentalise. This is because my translating work at the moment prevails and I seem to use my position as a photographer to spread messages.
Make this to difficult
My multidisciplinary approach to life just makes my life difficult, its hard to stay in my role all the time. Since I only have one contract at the moment and that is with MdM as a volunteer based on the neutrality principle. I ask my self if my open source approach is welcome. I am constantly researching at the Camp. Its a source of very good information. Although what I wrote the last days wasn't double checked and where mostly impressions and rumors. I still can say my impressions are quite accurate.
Today I also checked the guy who works as a logistical, he quite the job, because he works for Doctors Without Borders, went do an assessment in some country. This guy must have been really bored with all these school kids like me. Luckily the school kids are quitting, because university starts. This means more people like me come in. Today they asked for 50 more volunteers. Maybe I should check my contact at Actiris to launch a demand in the Brussels media.
Romeo and Julliet
The next days I should make a conclusion what my future will be in the Camp, there will be always places for me. Even if I get kicked out of MdM, because I talk to much. I still can work as a translator in the camp. I am also considering to start working during the day. But at the moment I am the only arabic translator doing the night at MdM during the week. Without me not 100% of the work can be covered. I am trying to diminish the work load by making people go to sleep and come back during the morning. This is normal, doctors don't work anymore at night. The time that doctors work 24/7 is over. Now they all have night shifts, so this will be the most difficult thing to keep things open during the night. It is also unsafe there. Since the night guards are down. There was actually a problem with one of the guards who started as a cleaner. He is called Faisal, he was enormously active, he was becoming the leader of the camp. He was introducing a lot of new volunteers, but this ended up in a confrontation with the western leader. And the police came and his crew left. Yesterday night we saw him back, the guards ran emotionally towards them, also a blond lady who his taking the lead in the camp. So I think we had a Romeo and Julia story at night in the camp.