Alarm Phone info session
Music from the amazing Khadim Sarr from Bakk Lamp Fall (https://www.facebook.com/Bakk-Lamp-FALL-153929857952929/)
In the first 9 months of 2019 over 63,000 people risked their lives crossing the Mediterranean to Europe. More than 1,000 are feared to have drowned. In that time Alarm Phone (https://alarmphone.org/en/), a network of 200 activists straddling the hostile border between Europe and Africa, took calls from almost 300 boats. Brighton Alarm Phone is just one part of this network, taking direct action against the racism of Fortress Europe.
Alarm Phone exists because Europe’s racist borders seek to exclude 4/5 of the world’s population and criminalise those who dare to challenge them. In the words of Hichem, a young Tunisian who left Redeyef, Tunisia for Lampedusa in 2017: “All human beings are equal regardless of their place of birth. However, there is one question which remains unanswered: why can other nationalities travel all over the world whilst I cannot even go a few kilometers at sea without being intercepted?”
In 5 years, since 2014, Alarm Phone activists have worked collectively 24/7 to support over 2,800 boats to seek safety. We celebrate together when we get a message saying “Thank you. I am safe now”, “We are survived” or “Boza!”. But sometimes we fail to persuade the coastguards to act in time, or lose contact with a boat, not knowing what happened.
We invite you to join us.
If you can’t make it on the night but want to donate: https://alarmphone.org/en/campaigns/the-alarm-phone-needs-money/
In the world that we want, our Alarm Phone would not exist. Human beings should not have to risk their lives at sea, simply to cross a border and reach a place of safety. They should not have to call an emergency hotline run by activists to make their distress heard, and to be rescued. They should be allowed to move safely and freely. In our current world, however, only the privileged few can move between countries with hardly any restraint, while so many others embark on journeys where it is unclear if they will reach the other side alive. The Alarm Phone still exists – five years after we launched it in 2014. It still exists because the dying in the Mediterranean has not stopped and because thousands continue to challenge borders when they exercise their right to cross the sea.