Danger of starvation - AYŞE BÖHÜRLER

Danger of starvation

The asylum seekers who have reached Piraeus Port are being kept there in order to keep them from accumulating at the borders. Their numbers are estimated in the 200,000s. The Greek-Macedonian border is opened under control, and about 10 people are allowed to enter Europe through Macedonia. Afghans and Iraqis are not allowed entry under any circumstances. Syrians are chosen and granted a European visa; those who have stayed in Turkey for more than six months are sent back to Turkey with the excuse that they have the “wrong stamp” on their documents.

The unthinkable trade and interest styles are added on to the tragedy lived behind the wire fences on the borders. The number of tents with “We are starving” written on them has increased. Those who have managed to cross the border are trying to reach Europe by walking on the highways, as train services have been suspended.

The measures taken within the scope of EU decisions are stopping humanitarian aid associations from crossing the borders. Besides this increasing the danger of starvation, it leaves these people to the mercy of the UHNCR's corporate benevolence and to that of those tradesmen who sell a piece of chicken for a dollar. Europe's decision to stop refugees at the borders is pushing them toward starvation. If a solution is not found soon, women and children will become victims of all kinds of exploitation.

These impressions that become ineffective when put into words, were explained by our film crew director Enes Hakan Tokyay at the Greek border. He has been filming refugees for a long time. He says what he has seen recently is worse than all the starvation and poverty he has ever witnessed. While Europe is focused on its comfort and system, darkness falls on these areas.

The situation changes when the border is crossed. There are doctors, engineers and other educated people among those who force the wired fences, soldiers, water cannon vehicles and armored cars at the gates of Europe. They say they feel grateful to Turkey, but add that Turkey does not offer them a future. I personally witnessed this when I recently made attempts to register a Syrian pediatric oncology doctor in France. The high number of refugees makes it harder for these people to reach these conditions. This makes them see Europe as a hope. Europe giving priority to educated refugees makes their integration more systematic and includes them into society easier. Although reactions and attacks increase by the day (like the cover picture of a woman wearing a scarf on the German Eltern magazine), the private sector encourages this adaptation.

For example, Daimler Chrysler in Germany announced a few months ago that it would employ Syrians for 2,000 euros a month...
Emphasis on private sector-government cooperation is made; after discovering that a Syrian cleaner at a Danish hospital was actually a doctor by profession, the hospital endeavored to register the refugee as a doctor.


The Western media calls out to the Muslim world through posters of an Afghan girl, Malala, being rescued and resuscitated. Slogans aren't important at all, since photos of women's problems steer perceptions of Islam. The news on the issue just serves this perception further. It injects the characteristics of the enemy that needs to be destroyed into the subconscious.

We however, continue to have useless discussions: “From which point should we discuss 'women,' which is no longer an issue.” The messages sent by those who see International Women's Day as a day that need not be celebrated along the lines of, “Women aren't really discriminated against, for example my wife...” Or the women's rights activists who can't leave the concrete circle of those who use women's issues for the West's tactics against the opposition group.

And our guys who cannot manage to bring the issue to the present after starting by saying, “Women actually have rights in our religion.”

I believe we should leave feminism, its movements, their opponents, the “family or woman choices” aside and start looking at the issues the future holds for us, as we are entering the third millennium. All these arguments are a part of the last century. The discussion now is “human.” While science tries to reshape the human, religion's perception of the human and the male-female perception are reversed.

The struggle for existence in masculinity, femininity, family, having children without being parents, genetic interference of the fetus, androids and cyborgs await us.

Will we become mechanical or will we remain human?

The human mind that allows individual deviations enters a new construction period with its emotion and spirits. While heading toward such a future, the issue of women changes too, and actually, it should change. As the Muslims of this age, we should go beyond the issues the West pushes into our faces and instead think about the essential point, “humanity.”


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