A Crisis Becomes a Permanent Condition – What Happens in Europe’s Last Primeval Forest in the Polish-Belarusian Border Area?

October 2, 2023

Eine Krise wird zum Dauerzustand - Was passiert in Europas letztem Urwald im polnisch-belarussischen Grenzgebiet?

Since last year, another wall has been stretching across Europe: Poland has erected a 186-kilometer-long border wall with Belarus. Here, people seeking protection are pushed back, their cell phones are destroyed, and they are left unprotected and disoriented in the forest. On the Belarusian side, they are often beaten up by soldiers and border guards and end up in the forest again. The people come from Afghanistan, Iran, Syria, Sudan – they are fleeing war, persecution, hunger, climate disasters and unlivable conditions in their home countries – all of them have hoped for a better life in Europe.

But what exactly is happening there in Bialowieza, Europe’s last primeval forest? What is the daily reality of the people who seek shelter with us while governments distract, cover up and build walls? And what does this mean for the people who stand up against violence and closure and provide humanitarian aid?

We talk to a photojournalist, an activist and a researcher, and a doctor on the ground who will answer your questions! – Register now for our online event on October 8, 2023 at 5pm.

INFO: The event will be in English!

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