Das Projekt

Die Sommer-Floßtour war ein Projekt von Heinz Ratz und seiner Band ‚Strom und Wasser’: Fluchtschiff - Die große Sommer-Floßtour 2014 für und mit Flüchtlingsfrauen.

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22/08 – 24/08: From Braunschweig via Wolfsburg to Magdeburg

Braunschweig and Wolfsburg were two cities where we did not have any idea where we would spend the night but we started our daily routine as usual. It is amazing however how many nice people we are meeting on the way. In Braunschweig one of us contacted a group who were to have an information table in the evening. The lady in charge immediately offered four sleeping places in her house. Some more offers came in during the concert. Christof (who is in charge of one of the rafts) was on the phone the whole day contacting a friend with a caravan. The friend offered sleeping places as well and before we knew it, all women with children had places in private flats. The rest slept in the caravan, it was a wonder how at last it became so easy to accommodate more than 20 people.

In Wolfsburg it was the same story, no places to sleep. The only possibility was the youth hostel but it was very expensive, so we decided to go to Magdeburg after the concert while two of us slept on the rafts because they had to leave early – it was expected to take more than 10 hours to get to Magdeburg. In Magdeburg we had the possibility of sleeping at the same place for two nights. The problem was how we would transport the rest of the women and children, 21 people in all, to Magdeburg with our nine seater car. Just when we were discussing how some of us should leave with the train, a lady who was interested in our work and happened to visit our information table found out that we needed a place to stay. She offered us sleeping places and breakfast. She and her husband had just arrived from holidays and had decided to go to the concert.

The group is growing bigger and transport problems are increasing because the buses have to keep on picking people from here and there.

With Mina’s help, a woman from Magdeburg who had joined the tour when it started, we were able to visit two Lagers. One of the Lagers we visited is where she herself is living in a small room. Her drawer is filled with medicine. Mina was allocated this small room after a knee operation because she was not able to climb the stairs any longer. In another small room, we found a woman with a baby. There was very little space left because her bed and the baby’s bed occupied three quarters of the space.

The Heim in Buko is very crowded with families living in small rooms. Most of the women we talked to told us that they are afraid to be deported under Dublin III. This is their main worry at the moment and other problems are secondary for them. Two young women sharing a small room came to the concert with us and one of them will join us for the tour all the way to Berlin.

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