On the occasion of the pan-European day against human trafficking, various public organizations, NGOs and foundations co-organized the “Break the Chain!” festival in Athens to raise awareness and inform the Greek public. The motto “Do not stay inactive” expressed the organizers’ commitment to stop human exploitation especially today that big numbers of helpless people – adults as well as minors – become refugees and can’t make the necessary for living.
The festival which took place on the 22nd and the 23rd of October was hosted at Technopolis, a multi-purpose venue for arts, sponsored by the City of Athens. The Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom (FNF) co-organized an exhibition of photographs from independent artists reflecting the challenges and everyday life of refugees and trafficking victims.
“For every human being it should be a given not to support the exploitation of other humans beings”, Markus Kaiser, FNF’s Project Manager for Greece, concluded. “But with the refugee crisis in Greece and elsewhere, we run the risk of going numb to other people’s woes. Indifference is however the worst thing to feel for people in desperate need for help. We therefore decided to support ‘Break the Chain!’ because it reminds citizens to not look away but to become active when other people are exploited.”
Picture: FNF Greece