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German newspaper publishes “The List” with 33,293 people who died trying to reach Europe

German daily Tagesspiegel has published The List, a document and a piece of art with the names of 33,293 people who have died trying to reach Europe.

33,293 names
33,293 fates
33,293 dead

The work is compiled by Turkish artist Banu Cennetoğlu.

The List comprises data about thousands of immigrants, asylum seekers, and refugees who have lost their lives on their way to or at the border of the European Union since 1993 due to restrictive policies of Fortress Europe.

UNITED for Intercultural Action, an Amsterdam-based network in support of migrants and refugees, collects the data displayed in The List, updating the names, ages, genders, regions of origin, and sources of information every year. together Geert Ates, Director of UNITED, artist Banu Cennetoglu who seeks ways and partnerships to make this information visible, as well as Andrea Stäritz and Jochen Schwarz from borderline-europe – Menschenrechte ohne Grenzen e.V., an organization that does in-depth research at Europe’s frontier regions to gather data about the consequences of current migration policies.

The List included 7,128 cases when it was first exhibited in Amsterdam in 2007; today it comprises 33,293 cases (as of June 15, 2017).

The project brought together Geert Ates, Director of UNITED, artist Banu Cennetoglu who seeks ways and partnerships to make this information visible, as well as Andrea Stäritz and Jochen Schwarz from borderline-europe – Menschenrechte ohne Grenzen e.V., an organization that does in-depth research at Europe’s frontier regions to gather data about the consequences of current migration policies.

Full List at Tagespiegel in pdf

33,293 name, age, country of origin, place and cause of death.

48 pages list 33,293 people without comment.

Refugees, migrants and asylum-seekers who usually appear as numbers in a small news items “12 missing in shipwreck” here, “40 drowned there”, “bodies of 5 men, 3 women and two children recovered” somewhere else.

33,293 people who lost their lives as they were trying to reach Europe. They are honor into eternity.

 

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