According to the UN Refugee Aid, 79.5 million of the world’s population are currently displaced. 85 % of them are displaced within their own country or in neighbouring countries and only about 10 % come to Europe. Together with Amnesty International, refugees, sea rescuers, migration researchers and committed artists, we attempt to give abstract numbers faces and stories. We say ‘Life vests and Hope’ instead of borders and despair.
Markus has been active in leadership positions for Amnesty in Germany and the International Secretariat in London since 2004. Before that he held management positions at the Swiss thinktank Prognos and an international communications agency. ©Amnesty International
Melissa previously served the UN refugee agency, worked for the International Atomic Energy Agency and the OSCE. She is author of the book “A Hope More Powerful than the Sea”, and host of the award-winning podcast “Awake at Night”.
In 2016 Dariush went on his first rescue mission. Since 2018 he and nine other former crew members have been under investigation in Italy. The accusation is aiding and abetting illegal entry and can be punished with up to 20 years imprisonment.
Nazanin comes from Afghanistan and lived in Iran, from where she had to flee. In 2019 she landed in the Moria reception camp. She hopes for a better future, where she’s no longer a refugee and can help other refugees and fight discrimination.
Tehran-born Melika is currently shooting for the film Mediterraneo, the story about Òscar Camps, the founder of the sea rescue association Proactiva Open Arms. From January 2021 she can be seen in the series “Tribes of Europa”. ©Jeanne Degraa
Since 2012, Franziska is the advocacy coordinator for asylum law and policy at Amnesty Germany. Her main focus of work lies in European and German asylum policies. Before, she worked as a policy advisor in the German Bundestag for six years.
Maria has led strategies on asylum and migration in Europe for the past 5 years, conducted research and designed campaigns. She has also worked on the criminalization of activists and organizations helping refugees and migrants across Europe.
A lawyer by trade, Monika has been responsible for the activities of the Amnesty Groups in and around Frankfurt for many years. With a wide variety of activities she wants to get more and more people interested in human rights.
The Frankfurter Book Fair Schedule, a day long digital BOOKFEST, an extensive conference program, the large ARD Book Fair stage in the ‘Frankfurt Festhalle’, the ‘Blue Sofa’ and much, much more.
Iuventa has saved over 14,000 lives in the Mediterranean. 10 crew members are now accused of facilitating the illegal entry of fugitives and are now threatened with up to 20 years in prison.
Amnesty International is a global movement of more than 7 million people who take injustice personally. They are campaigning for a world where human rights are enjoyed by all.
The Sustainable Development Goals are a call for action by all countries – poor, rich and middle-income – to promote prosperity while protecting the planet.