The speaker had a free choice of language and topic, and we didn’t edit the statement later.
Everything started at Oranienplatz in the Kreuzberg district of Berlin. People had erected tents to make their protest about how refugees were being treated in Germany visible. A great deal was reported and discussed but the protestors themselves were rarely given a chance to speak, which is why they went public and why we created “Refugee Report”. We went to the camp in the autumn and winter of 2013/14 to record what we call “statements”, i.e. we recorded what someone wanted to say. The speaker had a free choice of language and topic, and we didn’t edit the statement later. The camp was cleared six months later, but we continued our “Refugee Reports” and went into homes where we met people in completely different situations, even children and young people.
There were only three of us at the start, but we now have a lot of support for the translations and recordings. We’ve exhibited the audio statements a couple of times, which is nice, as it transfers that the statements from the Internet to concrete settings where people can meet, gather information and talk to each other.