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Bulletin 1 March 2005 Evangelische Kirche in Deutschland ■ Evangelical Church in Germany Tsunami-Special New Year’s Adress of Bishop Wolfgang Huber 3 Diakonie Emergency Aid in south Asia 5 Human rights at risk in countries affected by the flood 9 Indonesia: The nightmares of the children 10 »Give a light of consolation« 15 Germany News from the EKD – just a mouseclick away 16 EKD presents new online game 17 Living undercover in Germany 20 After the flood: We need a globalisation of compassion Editorial Dear readers of the bulletin, Tsunami special R esignation or final hope? Exhausted, the woman sits in between the remaining mattresses on the ruins of the house she probably lived in until the big tide came. The pictures of December 26 and the days after have dug their way deep into not only the people who were in the vicinity of the south Indian Ocean on that day. In a short »Where can I find help? I find it with God« New Year’s Adress of Bishop Wolfgang Huber 3 time, the people – like the woman on our cover – lost their possessions, Quickly provide the necessary their shelter, the possibility of earning a livelihood and also many, many help – Collections in churches people close to them. Seldom before has it become clear so suddenly for the tsunami victims 4 how cruel nature can be. But never before has it become clear in just a few days that the globalisation of the media, politics and the economy Help creates a future – also requires a globalisation of compassion. The willingness to donate Diakonie Emergency Aid was also accordingly high in the days after the flood. in south Asia 5 The German media also raised the question: »How could God allow this Interview with Cornelia to happen?« Wolfgang Huber, the Chairman of the Council of the Füllkrug-Weitzel, Director of Evangelical Church in Germany, gave his answer a few days after the the Diakonie Emergency Aid 6 seaquake in an online-magazine. This question was a matter of concern in the »Wort zum Sonntag« – a preaching programme which has been »We were there before on German television for more than 50 years – and in televised church and we will stay« services on January 2 and 9 and in a number of talk-shows. Seldom EMW promotes long-term before had the secu- help in south Asia 8 lar media in Seldom before has it become Germany been domi- clear so suddenly how cruel »The flood in Asia can change nated by such a the- development policies« ological question. nature can be. The EED CEO Dr. Konrad von Bonin comments on the W ith the first issue in 2005, we are sending out the »EKD Bulletin«in a new design for the first time. What had no cover picture up to now, now starts – as the world of pic- tures probably wants – with a picture. And apart from this, quite a lot has changed in the design. The editors resolved all of this in the hope German debate on the relief after the seaquake Human rights at risk in coun- tries affected by the flood 9 that the »Bulletin« will become more attractive for the readers – i.e. for Bread for the World supports you. Additionally you can from now on subscribe to a digital circular civil societies in Asia 9 that will be published every six weeks. Just go to www.ekd.de/bulletin, leave us your e-mail-adress and receive up-to-date news from the EKD. Indonesia: The nightmares of the children 10 Perhaps it is a symbol that the English-language publication of the EKD, which created connections between the EKD and people all over the »Bargain holidays in tsunami world, presents its new design with a cover picture which is a symbol of regions are an obstacle in the the globalisation of compassion? aim to build up fair living con- ditions« With this question, I send you my best regards, EED asks for a new partnership in tourism, which respects peoples’ rights and needs 11 »At work from 6 in the morning until 3 o’clock at night« Christof Vetter Bulletin Editorial Board: Christof Vetter (Chairman), Dr. Dagmar Heller, Peter Weigand, Editorial office: Silke Fauzi, Pressestelle Kirchenamt der EKD Bulletin all Kirchenamt der EKD; Herrenhäuser Str. 12 of the Evangelische Kirche in Deutschland. Ilonka Boltze (EED); D-30419 Hannover Address: Kirchenamt der EKD Dr. Thomas Schiller (epd); Fon: +49-511-2796-267 Herrenhäuser Str. 12 Ute Dilg (Brot für die Welt); E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org D-30419 Hannover Miguel-Pascal Schaar (Diakonisches Werk der EKD); Translation: KernSprachendienste Fon: +49-511-2796-0; Fax: +49-511-2796-777 Freddy Dutz (Evangelisches Missionswerk). Cover photo: Paul Jeffrey/ACT International Content/Tsunami Special Interview with the EED- »Give a light of consolation« pilgrimage – EKD presents seconded development Intercessions at the lamentation new online game 17 worker Regina Holle about service in Frankfurt 15 her assignment in Banda Service for young journalists Aceh/Indonesia 11 »Bread for the victims of Online article service of the flood« Social Service Agency 17 Exchange meeting about German protestant rectory the church commitment in Costa del Sol remembers the Media prize of Social the regions affected by victims of the fatal flood 16 Service Agency the flood – Churches, missions Federal minister praises and aid organisations are dis- initiative 18 cussing together the chances Germany and challenges for the develop- »For difficult and other ment aid from the Churches New from spring on – the circumstances« in Germany 13 Bulletin Newsletter Campaign of the protestant News from the EKD – just a pregnancy advice centres 19 Flood in Asia – Where was God? mouseclick away 16 Wolfgang Huber on German Churches: Places of Hope television programme »Studio »Jacob’s journey« – Living undercover Friedmann« 14 the slightly different in Germany 20 »Where can I find help? I find Only one bridge can guide me over the it with God« precipice of thousands of deaths, supported by New Year’s Adress of Bishop Wolfgang Huber, the two pillars of faith Chairman of the Council of the Evangelical in God and sympathy Church in Germany for fellow humans. With the man praying Take a look at how the year began! The seaquake in in the Old Testament I the Indian Ocean shook a great deal of what we ask: Where can I find thought was certain. We experienced how plans for help? I find it with life were destroyed from one second to the next; God, who made this takes away the foundation for our own Heaven and Earth. plans.The power of destruction touched us more this year than the Christmas message. We feel that the flood, of which the Bible Wolfgang Huber (photo: epd) A mong those dead, both local people and for- eigners, were also an alarming number of German tourists. We feel with those, who feared and hoped for missing relatives day after day. Those who survived can hardly believe their talks on its first pages, is based on real experi- ence: an event, in which nature shows its over- whelming power to an unimaginable extent. Here man who believes he can control nature with his luck and, nevertheless, will still see the misfortune claim for power reaches his limit. of the others for a long time to come. The unimag- inable suffering in south Asia does not just deter- I, too, struggled with the question in the past few mine what we think and talk about. It determines days how God can allow the death of so many peo- 3 above all our prayers. ple. I sympathise when people doubt God, even ▲ EKD Bulletin No. 1/2005 Tsunami Special despair, in such a situation. And yet I know no other for a long time. The Social Service Agency place of refuge than God. I firmly believe that God [Diakonisches Werk] of the EKD set up an account does not want death, but life. I pray to him – to for immediate help (Diakonie Emergency Aid, ac- God, who turns to us in his love. In view of the count 502 707, Postbank Stuttgart, BSC 600 100 70 incomprehensible horror I want to turn to him. Then or online via the Internet www.diakonie-katastro- I do not just see suffering and death. I also see phenhilfe.de/spenden/). The Chairman of the traces and signs of love: The inexhaustible commit- Council of the Evangelical Church in Germany, ment of the helpers gives testimony of this. The Bishop Wolfgang Huber, requested the German pub- large and small donations contribute to a bridge of lic: »Take in the Christmas message of peace and humanity. The announced partnership for the recon- justice for all parts of our world and contribute struction of the countries concerned points in this with your donation so the people concerned in direction. south Asia can be given the help they need: medical care, food and accommodation. The globalisation of We all know such signs of love, such bridges of our world may not just be felt in economic cooper- trust in God and humanity. ation. It also brings suffering in far away places close to us and makes us feel the pain as well. A ten-year old boy is lying seriously injured in a hospital. We do not know who he is or where he is from. However, friends from his Please help with your donation to relieve the suf- fering!« sport’s club at home recognised him. They grabbed the telephone immediately and told what they knew. A bridge was formed. A flight attendant collected thirty cases with sup- I n a call for collections in church services between New Year’s eve and the Sunday after New Year the EKD states: »In the early morning of December 26 a devastating seaquake shook south Asia. Through the ensuing tidal wave tens of plies among her friends and took them with her on thousands were killed, hundreds of thousands lost the flight into the disaster area. A bridge of charity. their home and their foundation for life. Let us today particularly remember the victims of the dis- I hope that sympathy and willingness to assume aster, in prayer but also with our giving. The responsibility among us remain as strong as they Diakonie Emergency Aid assists the people con- are, directly after the disaster. Later on I hope faith cerned. It works together with churches in India, Sri in God and humanity will lead us the way. Then Lanka and Indonesia, to whom many German local sympathy and care for each other will mark the churches maintain close connections. The helpers New Year. And besides the worries about our own distribute food, kitchen utensils and hygiene articles future there is the life-threatening plight on other among the victims. They provide drinking water and continents. We are learning once again to pay medication in order to prevent epidemics spreading. attention. Help with your donation further assist the victims of the flood disaster in south Asia in their plight.« I wish you a blessed new year: May God be with you! Council of the EKD thanks for your help (broadcast in ARD – First German television pro- In a declaration at the end of January the Council gramme, on January 1, 2005) ■ of the Evangelical Church in Germany (EKD) has thanked all donators for the overwhelming willing- ness to help after the seaquake. Until January 25 more than 28 million Euro were received at the Social Service Agency of the EKD alone. Its Quickly provide the Chairman, Jürgen Gohde, pointed out that this necessary help amount does not include all donations received from the church parishes nor the other church aid Collections in churches for the tsunami victims organisations and mission. 15 million Euro were already used by the Diakonie Emergency Aid for Countless people were killed through the earth- immediate measures. 4 quake in south Asia. Hundreds of thousands are homeless, millions of people will suffer from the The council of the EKD is grateful for the network consequences of the natural disaster in the region of charity between the churches, their development ▲ EKD Bulletin No. 1/2005 organisations and missions, local congregations and 200 families, who lost their houses and almost all partners in Germany and in the countries con- of their possessions in the small village through the cerned. The importance of extensive experience on devastating tsunami on December 26. site and of the knowledge of the respective culture and language had soon become clear, stated the Immediate relief is running at full speed declaration. »Local church partners, with which our aid organisations and missions have been cooperat- ing for decades also remain on site, when all other helpers have left.« The christian network has devel- oped a competency in the past few years. The aid on site aims at the fact that the people get their T he Diakonie Emergency Aid and its local part- ners supply the victims of the tsunami with everything needed to survive. In South India, Sri Lanka, Indonesia and in the East African Somalia the distribution of food, drinking water, tents, plas- own life under control again and can organise the tic covers and blankets is running at full speed. At reconstruction. the same time the plans for reconstruction and rehabilitation are already underway. Above all help must be given to the weakest, according to the members of the council. Thus, for In the south Indian federal states of Tamil Nadu, example, on the island of Nias 120,000 people were Kerala and Andhra Pradesh 50,000 families are accommodated and taken care of in camps and being supplied with food, plastic covers, sleeping emergency accommodation. In the north of Sri mats, bedding and cooking utensils in just under Lanka more than 33,000 families and in Tamil Nadu 50 villages. »We are especially helping the poorest (India) more than 50,000 families were supplied of the poor: Women, who have to look after them- with food. In Somalia more than 4,400 families of selves and their children alone, orphans and the fishermen received emergency care with food and disabled«, explains the head of the Diakonie help in getting their equipment back. Emergency Aid, Hannelore Hensle. The most needy are identified together with the senior villagers. N ow it is necessary to provide long-term support for the victims of the flood disaster in south Asia. Anyone who would like to support this long-term aid and development work, can do this through »Brot für die Welt« [Bread for They are given cards in different colours, which entitle them to receive the relief goods. Thus, ensuring as far as possible just distribution. Diaconia is placing its bet on local partners, the World] or other church institutions and organi- whom they have known for many years sations. »The willingness to make donations after the flood showed how much the German population Relief goods are also being distributed to the needy, takes part in the fate of people worldwide. medical teams are at work in Sri Lanka and Associated with this the Council of the EKD has Indonesia. Moreover, within the framework of their hope that other crisis-hit regions are not forgotten programmes the Diakonie Emergency Aid and its and expressly remembers the humanitarian disas- partners offer assistance in coping with the trauma. ters in Sudan and in the Congo.« ■ »Many victims of the flood are traumatised through the loss of relatives and friends and need psycho- logical support«, says Hannelore Hensle. Thanks to its local partners the Diakonie Emergency Help creates a future Aid also operates in regions, which cannot easily be reached. Thus, the National Christian’s Council in How the Diakonie Emergency Aid helps tsunami Sri Lanka does not just restrict its work to the victims in south Asia regions controlled by the government, but also works in the region of the Tamil rebels (LTTE), for Ravi waits patiently, until it is his turn. The sun is example near Mutur south of Trincomalee or on the burning on the square in front of the assembly Jaffna peninsula. The churches are acknowledged by building of K.C. Kulam in the Indian federal state of both sides and as one of the few organisations have Tamil Nadu at the coast of the Indian Ocean. At access to the region of the rebels. There they have present, the building is used as a warehouse for supplied refugees living in emergency accommoda- relief goods. Native employees of the Diakonie tion with relief goods. The Diakonie Emergency Aid 5 Emergency Aid distribute plastic covers. The 35-year can also reach tsunami victims on the Andaman ▲ old Ravi, his wife and the three children are among und Nicobar islands. EKD Bulletin No. 1/2005 Tsunami Special Tsunami even went as far as East Africa India, Sri Lanka, Indonesia and Somalia. At present, the focus is still on the supply with food, drinking The massive tsunami did not just cause devastating water, medication, tents and household items. In damage in south Asia, but also in East Africa. The view of the enormous devastation this will continue tsunami affected the whole 3,330 kilometres long for several weeks still. At the same time, however, coast in Somalia. Hundreds of villages were destroyed, rehabilitation and reconstruction help is being thousands of fishing families lost their whole liveli- planned. Moreover, together with our local partners hood. Native helpers of the Diakonie Emergency Aid we offer medical care and help with coping with supplied food to 2,200 families. 80 families received the trauma. nets, lines and hooks so that they could take care of themselves again as quickly as possible. An extension Q: Why did the Diakonie Emergency Aid not send of the relief programme, in which also fishing kooper- any own teams to these countries of south Asia? atives are considered is being prepared. In the crisis-hit regions of south Asia the Diakonie Lasting relief Emergency Aid works with local, mostly church partners. They have extensive experience in emer- I n South India 360 fishing kooperatives are also to be given new nets and boats, 10,000 families will receive material, with which they will be able to rebuild their huts. And investments are planned for the future: At the Indian east coast a gency relief, know the local conditions, the culture and the language of the people who are affected by the flood disaster. They remain on site, when all other helpers have left. This is of great benefit as this way we can offer help which is exactly total of 40 protective buildings are to be set up, in designed to fit the needs and situation in the crisis- which the people can take refuge in case of hit areas and we can accompany the people affect- tsunamis or typhoons. At other times they will be ed in the long run. available for cultural events and meetings. Q: Are organisations that work with own teams On the Indonesian island of Nias partners of the on site not far more effective, as they can Diakonie Emergency Aid will rebuild among others directly control the use of the donations? two schools. In Sri Lanka 5,400 families will be sup- ported in erecting new houses and ensuing their No. In close cooperation with our local partners, own income again through fishing, crafts or trade. that we have known for years sometimes even decades, and thanks to the agreements with all »This sustainable help is especially important for other church relief organisations worldwide, who us«, emphasises Hannelore Hensle. »We do not just are amalgamated in the international umbrella want to ensure the survival of the flood victims, but organisation, ACT [Action by Churches Together], also give them a perspective for the future. This we are in the position to use the donations effec- includes above all the possibility to be independent tively and budget these. The effectiveness is partic- financially again.« Ravi, the fisherman from K.C. ularly improved by the fact that all relief of the Kulam, thinks exactly the same when he says: »A protestant, Anglican and orthodox churches is coor- boat and a net that is all I need. If I could I would dinated worldwide, i.e. jointly controlled. This way go out to sea straight away again.« ■ it is ensured that nothing is carried out double, on the one hand, and too little supplies are prevented an the other. Q: With which partners do you cooperate and Interview with Cornelia how trustworthy are they? How can I imagine Füllkrug-Weitzel, Director of the cooperation with local partners? the Diakonie Emergency Aid In disaster regions we cooperate with church and other non-governmental organisations. In the Q: What is the status of the relief in the regions majority of cases there is already a trustworthy affected by the flood? cooperation which has existed for many years. We 6 know that the donations are in good hands. One The Diakonie Emergency Aid has already given example is the relief organisation of the Indian 15 million Euro to the tsunami victims in South churches that at present is dealing with the support ▲ EKD Bulletin No. 1/2005 for the tsunami victims in Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Q: You call now for donations for development Nadu and Kerala. We have in the past decades aid projects of another church organisation – specifically contributed to the fact that this relief Bread for the World [Brot für die Welt] – in the organisation now has the know-how, infrastructure, same region. Does this not mean competition in a large number of trained volunteers, specialist con- your own house? sultants and logistics in order to immediately be able to provide fast and effective help in all Indian dis- tricts as soon as it receives the money for a concrete assignment from overseas in the case of a disaster. Thus, they were able to provide excellent work already in the earthquake in Gujarat and now within W e do not see this as competition, but as a useful and necessary supplement. Thousands of people have allowed them- selves to be concerned by the plight of the people affected by the tsunami in the Indian Ocean and two days had teams in all regions affected by the made generous donations to the Diakonie flood. Their philosophy is that they first talk to the Emergency Aid for the support of the tsunami vic- persons affected and the local authorities to jointly tims in the phase of acute relief and rehabilitation. determine the concrete needs and according to this Now long-term aid is necessary for the principle orientate the plans for their help. After talks with improvement of the situation of the people in the the people on the coast they decided for example at affected regions. Attention must be paid that their request not to have any stone houses built, enough money is made available at the right place. but to provide materials for the families, whose Humanitarian relief organisations such as the houses were dragged away by the flood, so that Diakonie Emergency Aid cannot provide such aid in they can build their houses again in a traditional the long term: They are required to make the funds method of construction. This way, the people can entrusted to them available within two, maximum take control of their own lives again and come out three years to the rehabilitation projects. of the depression, the helplessness and the waiting. Those who wish to support the people in the coun- This relief is very close to the people and places the tries affected by the flood in the long term – and in focus on them – from the planning phase on. In the fact the flood victims as well as the people living in event of a disaster the partners approach us with a poverty, who can expect even less support from project application. Together we decide which help their governments in the next few years than in the in the given situation is useful and (financially) fea- past and thus are affected directly by the conse- sible. For the duration of the project we confer quences of the flood – he/she should now give his repeatedly in order to be flexible in reacting to pos- donation to the development organisations. We ask sible necessary changes. In addition, the partners therefore for target-tied donations for the work of keep us regularly informed about the progress of »Brot für die Welt«. the projects. In exceptional cases we assign experts to support partners, who above all support the Q: Is it possible to apply to Bread for the World coordination of relief measures. to work as a development worker? Q: How does the Diakonie Emergency Aid ensure No. With »Bread for the World« we also work with that the donated money does actually arrive? experienced, local partners. We do not assign any employees overseas. Anyone who would like to work Our partners are obliged towards us to provide in the development cooperation, should contact the proof of the use of the donations. This takes place Church Development Service [Evangelischer through regular reports, which are examined by us Entwicklungsdienst, EED]. This organisation provides accordingly. experts for different tasks in countries all over the world. These countries do not need unqualified Q: If you cooperate a lot with churches do only development helpers. There is no lack of availability Christians receive the aid? and the willingness of people to help in Asia. On the contrary: the help offered by the population in No. All of our partners help according to the princi- the affected countries is considerable and can hard- ple: »Everyone in need receives the help that he/she ly be coordinated by the relief organisations on site. needs« – independent of sex, ethnical race, religion This will not improve if foreign people also come or church affiliation, political attitude, etc. This is without knowledge of the place nor the language. ■ how Jesus acted. Our help is not tied to any condi- 7 tions either. EKD Bulletin No. 1/2005 Tsunami Special »We were there before and In Indonesia UEM paired up with the »Association of Churches and Missions in South-Western we will stay« Germany (EMS)« to work together with »Communion of Churches in Indonesia (PGI)«. PGI EMW promotes long-term help in south Asia opened a task-force centre at Banda Aceh airport to coordinate the work of the different relief organ- Germans have donated the marvellous sum of mil- isations. lions of Euros to help to meet the victims’ material needs after the tsunami. Emergency relief has »We know the people well, even the indigenous reached many people, but sometimes it seems that peoples. Therefore we know their needs«, Bishop help has poured preferably into areas that could Hemant Hansda of the »Gossner Church« in the easily be reached by international reporters. Now, north of India said. With the help of »Gossner several months after the disaster, not everyone is Mission« in Germany, who had been their partners happy with the way the money is being spent. for decades, help was organised quickly. »Without knowledge of infrastructure, living reality or local customs, expatriates have showered money on individuals and communities«, said one local helper. But some organisations – for example the members N ow several months have passed and many international relief organisations have pulled out of the area. Reporters are seldom seen. Local specialists are ready to work. After the greatest needs have been met, churches are recon- of the »Association of Protestant Churches and structing facilities and people are trying to return Missions in Germany« [Evangelisches Missionswerk, to a life as normal as possible. EMW] – work differently. Not depending on their own knowledge, EMW members have been using For many years the »North-Elbian Centre for World well known channels to distribute material aid: Mission and Church World Service« in the North of their long-term counterparts in Asia are local Germany has had friends in the Lutheran churches churches and church organisations. This is done of Andra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu. Now they are without looking out for reporters’ cameras. While helping their brothers and sisters in Christ in the some relief organisations flew in, distributed the south of India to restore their fishermen’s fleet, goods on a first-come first-serve basis and pulled working together as has been done for years. out again, German missions had already been there for years working with local churches. More joint ventures are being set up in Germany among EMW members: the Evangelical Lutheran E MW members didn’t flee from the waters. They stayed, channelling aid from Germany to their well known friends within the local community. For years they have been cooperating with churches in Thailand, India, Sri Lanka or Mission in Lower Saxony (ELM) will pair up with Leipzig Evangelical Lutheran Department for World Mission (LMW) to coordinate the work in India between their mutual partners. Indonesia, countries that were affected by the This is necessary to help the churches overseas to flood. German Missions first supported the initial support their members to help themselves. For the action plans local churches were implementing. Asian Christians the task is immense: people need »We were impressed to see how our local friends permanent houses, farmland has to be regained, are putting their plan into action«, Wilfried Neusel, church buildings, schools and hospitals have to be Vice Moderator of »United Evangelical Mission rebuilt. What the water destroyed within minutes (UEM)« said on his return from Sri Lanka early in will take years to be restored. Churches are willing January. Together with the Mission Board of the to help, and their long-term German partners will German Methodist Church, UEM in Wuppertal not leave them to themselves. EMW members are joined up with their partner to meet the challenge prepared to stay, hoping that Christians in Germany on the island together. With the help of the local will continue to support the effort with their dona- Methodist church ten lorries full of urgent relief tions. ■ goods were sent into the areas most affected by the flood. 8 EKD Bulletin No. 1/2005 »The flood in Asia can change hope that this attitude is serious and lasts, that it holds more than just sudden sympathy or for exam- development policies« ple a new conservative Zeitgeist. This is where a good debate about development policies begin. We The EED CEO Dr. Konrad von Bonin comments on should participate in and promote this debate. As the German debate on the relief after the church organisations we may have a specific role, seaquake beyond our professionalism. ■ There has never before been so much talk or so much written about questions of development as in the weeks since December 26, 2004. And this was Human rights at risk in often done at a certain level and seriously. The countries affected by countries of Indonesia, Thailand, Sri Lanka and India have come closer to the people in Germany. And the the flood willingness to help is overwhelming. It is hard to believe how often one is asked in these days how Bread for the World supports civil societies in one can make a useful donation. The lack of trans- Asia parency and the competition with the donation associations do not make it easy for many people. Bread for the World [Brot für die Welt] fears that What does this mean for church development human rights are in danger in the countries of Asia organisations? I believe at least three things: affected by the seaquake. »The world community tends in view of the destruction to benevolence Firstly: It is important that we as a development towards the governments of south Asia«, explained fund do not get arrogant. Of course e.g. the EED- the director of the evangelical aid associations, Desk »Tourism Watch« has considered questions for Cornelia Füllkrug-Weitzel. The need of the giver years such as: Does tourism help the poor? Under nations to implement the funds for the victims of which conditions and under which conditions not? Is the flood quickly could be misunderstood and mis- it cynical to spend your holidays where poor people used in the affected countries as a free ticket for live in the neighbourhood? Or now with the victims? corruption and infringement of human rights. Such discussions can now be conducted again after completely different experiences. But with patience. Slum clearances in Mumbai Secondly: It is also important that we remind others From the Indian major city of Mumbai for example a that help is only effective if it is long-term and if Bread for the World-partner, who has been fighting the people concerned are enabled to take control of for the rights of the residents in the slums for their own future. To fly in and out again quickly, is decades, reports of large scale and brutal clearance not the right way. actions in slum regions. More than 30,000 huts have already been destroyed. Altogether around 200,000 T hirdly: Help may not become a business, nei- ther an instrument for other political aims. The chief editor of the German Newspaper »Die Zeit« Michael Naumann said it short : people have been affected by the clearances. »Apparently the municipal authorities are taking advantage of the situation, in which the whole world is looking at the disaster-hit regions in south Development aid is also loving thy neighbour. The Asia in order to drive out the people from the slums Journalist writes in the »Zeit« of January 6, 2005: without causing a big stir«, explained Füllkrug- »If plight does not teach you to pray any more then Weitzel. This example shows that the civil societies it should make us understand that development aid in the countries affected by the tsunami have to be is also concern for our fellow human being – just as given special support and strengthened in order to particularly the poorest among the victims were prevent the governments and municipal authorities willing to help their guests from Europe in the undertaking political or commercial »land clearance worst plight«. projects« in the shadow of the flood. That is after times of emphasising individualism, Strengthen human rights boundless freedom and Shareholder Value a differ- 9 ent attitude which can be found in the newspapers, »The victims of the flood need support in asserting on television and on radio at the moment. Let us their land and settlement rights in the reconstruc- ▲ EKD Bulletin No. 1/2005 Tsunami Special tion« emphasised Füllkrug-Weitzel. At the same time, however, the people inland who were affect- ed indirectly have to be supported in being able to defend themselves again infringements of human rights. »It must not happen that the poor people in these countries are now segregated even more by their governments or put under more pressure than before the flood«, says Füllkrug-Weitzel. Therefore, development organisations such as Bread for the World now in particular have to sup- port their long-term partners not just at the coastal regions, but also in the inland regions of the affected countries. ■ »The children have to have something to look forward to« (photo: Hege Opseth/ACT International) Indonesia: The nightmares of the children Holidays at last. The ten-year old Iqbal is up early. His friends are already playing on the beach. Laughing they run over the white sand and splash water at each other. »What a wonderful day«, Iqbal A hmad Sofian knows what he is talking about. For years he has been representing the interests of disadvantaged children with- in the framework of PKPA. PKPA maintains in Medan in North Sumatra a centre for street chil- thinks and blinks at the sun. It is December 26, dren, offers them medical and psychological care 2004 on Uleele Beach, a fishing village on the and helps them to integrate into society again. »The coast of Aceh, Indonesia. Shortly before 8 o’clock tsunami disaster poses great challenges to us«, in the morning local time the earth moves. The explains Sofian, who left for Aceh with his employ- people hurriedly leave their houses, run confused, ees immediately after the flood. A second team has do not know where to go. Suddenly, the Earth now begun their work on the island of Nias. The swallows the sea to spit it out again with gigantic PKPA employees know that they have to provide force and bury everything under the tides: Houses, long-term assistance to the people in the region. boats, fields and the people, who cannot run away fast enough. Mobile library planned Traumatised children Supported by Bread for the World and the Diakonie Emergency Aid PKPA is currently distributing food, I qbal survives. The boy runs as fast as his feet can carry him, until he reaches a higher strip of land. His parents and his brother drown. He does not know what happened to his friends. »The children are especially traumatised«, explains drinking water and other relief goods to families affected in Aceh and Nias. In addition, the plans are running at full speed for the reconstruction. Two schools are to be rebuilt on the island of Nias. A mobile library is also planned for the children in the Ahmad Sofian, head of the Bread for the World refugee camps of Aceh. »The children need stories project partner PKPA in Indonesia. Iqbal is fright- in order to be better able to cope with their own ened of being in closed rooms. Sometimes he runs traumatic experiences«, explains Ahmad Sofian. around, laughs and plays. Then he despairs again. Iqbal in any case is looking forward to having He has nightmares. »The children have to have something to read. »I want to learn«, he says. something to look forward to again«, says Sofian. »Hopefully I can go back to school soon.« ■ »And they have to go back to school as soon as possible. The school gives them a hold.« 10 EKD Bulletin No. 1/2005 »Bargain holidays in tsunami of the costal regions. The EED is advertising for the fact that now the opportunity should be used for a regions are an obstacle in the new partnership in tourism, which is socially aim to build up fair living responsible and environmentally-friendly. That this is possible can be seen with the example of conditions« Honduras, where emergency relief and reconstruc- tion after the hurricane Mitch was coupled with a EED asks for a new partnership in tourism, which clear development perspective, training and jobs respects people’s rights and needs were created and long-term risks for the environ- ment were reduced. The Church Development Service [Evangelischer Entwicklungsdienst, EED] warns that with an over- »We now recommend only to travel where countries hasty, uncontrolled reconstruction of hotel centres and the tourist industry disclose how they wish to the chances will be missed for a socially responsi- care responsibly for better life conditions« says ble and environmentally-friendly new beginning. Heinz Fuchs from the EED desk called »Tourism »The tourist industry and the media are giving the Watch«. »This means to allow the population to impression that you can help the people in participate in the tourist development concepts for Thailand, India and Sri Lanka already with a pack- hotels, roads and supply systems, guarantee fair age holiday to the regions. This debate is not hon- working conditions and stop destroying nature est and harms more than it helps«, Konrad von through building. A lot of people donated money so Bonin, CEO of the Church Development Service, that a life in dignity will be possible in the disaster- warns. With special prices and advertising for hit region. Now the travel industry must make their donations the travel industry continued the busi- contribution.« ■ ness without learning from the crisis. The EED emphazises that tourism as such does not improve the conditions for the local people. Tourism is in fact the largest economic factor in many countries, the population however only profits to a slight »At work from 6 in the extent. Problematic is not just the situation of morning until 3 o’clock hotel employees, who in many places work without social security, but it also concerns long-term dam- at night« ages: farmers have often lost their land and fisher- men the access to the sea where holiday regions Interview with the EED-seconded development were created. The rise in prices often drove families worker Regina Holle about her assignment in to proverty and women and children to prostitu- Banda Aceh/Indonesia tion. And the damages to the environment are also considerable: Hotels, new roads and numerous prawn farms have led to the fact that in many places the natural coast protection was destroyed and thus also the tsunami was able to break in without prevention. The EED partner organisation R egina Holle (36) comes from Berlin, is a qualified nurse and graduate nursing teacher and has been working as a skilled EED work- er for one year for nursing training at YAKKUM in Indonesia. YAKKUM (Yayasan Kristen Untuk Ecumenical Coalition on Tourism (ECOT) is worried Kesehatan Umum) was founded as a protestant that now new tourist resorts will be developed too foundation for public health in the 50’s and with 11 hasty and uncontrolled, especially in Sri Lanka and hospitals, 18 polyclinics and gynaecology houses on the Andaman and Nicobar. Misleading is the and 8 community health centres is the largest offer of leading tour operators to jointly offer Christian health facility in Indonesia. Besides 3 package holidays and foster parentship projects nursing schools YAKKUM operates two factories for under the seal of «sustainable help« – without producing cheap medication and has an emergency making a statement on the future organisation of relief department which operate nationwide. the touristic core business. »Sustainable are only programmes, which change structures – this also Since January 5, 2005 Regina Holle has been work- applies for tourist regions« von Bonin criticises. ing in one of the 4 emergency assistance teams of However, foster parentship for children or families YAKKUM in Banda Aceh, which were set-up after 11 alone will increase the dependency on outside help the seaquake at the coastal towns. The emergency without improving the perspective for the residents assignments of church organisations are coordinated ▲ EKD Bulletin No. 1/2005 Tsunami Special on the German side among others by the Diakonie soap, shampoo, toothpaste and towels and lots Emergency Aid, assisted by the international net- more. work ACT (Action by Churches Together). The EED questioned Regina Holle about her work on site. The majority of people now want to rebuild their villages and houses as quickly as possible and Q: What is the YAKKUM team doing in Banda return to exactly the same place as they lived Aceh? before. However the government has other plans and wants to relocate them to other towns with We live in Banda Aceh in a Health-Centre with a large uniform residential blocks. team of 26 persons with one small bathroom and one bedroom. However, the lack of space is not a YAKKUM and other local organisations want to problem as there is a very good atmosphere among implement long-term concepts for the development our team. We do not sleep a lot: As a rule we are of the communities together with the parties working from 6 in the morning until 1 to 3 o’clock involved, which are based on the wishes of the per- at night. sons affected and aim at giving the people a basis for the life again so that they can go back to their A lmost every day people are still coming to us who ask us for help for a group of refugees, which have not yet received any other help. We drive to these locations, do a stocktaking e.g. about the situation of the residents and their care old professions or find a perspective for new profes- sions. Q: Many children have lost their relatives and vice versa. The majority lost their home and situation – this includes the needs for daily items, belongings. How do the people deal with this? food, soap, medicine, electricity – and orientate our help accordingly, based of course also on talks with Many people do not show any feelings, but the the persons concerned. serious nature of the trauma can be seen with the children. Many do not talk, are depressed or aggres- The YAKKUM team consists of doctors, nurses and sive. They are still frightened of the water, fright- nursing students. 80 per cent of the team members ened of rain, frightened of the sea. The family or come from Aceh. This is especially important in group association is now very important; it gives order to gain trust. We work in many places, in people a hold. A psychiatrist and activity therapist which so far no help or hardly any was given. We was involved in our previous offers for coping with care for the refugees one to two times a week with trauma. In a drawing exercise in the first week, a »mobile health station« a team for logistics and almost all of the children drew a mountain– as a one for water and sanitary problems. Because we place of refuge against the flood. The trauma work come at regular intervals we distinguish ourselves is closely linked with programmes for developing from the majority of organisations. If the needs for communities. logistics are too big, we hand these over to large organisations for technical cooperation. In the field We work e.g. in Meulaboh, another town, at which of water and sanitary systems we build up the we work with 24 women’s groups, who produce water supply and install toilets and showers togeth- handicrafts or make biscuits and cakes. This does er with the refugees. not just secure the women a chance for income in future, but is also important for overcoming the Q: What does the life look like at present for trauma. the persons concerned? What is especially important now? Q: YAKKUM is a Christian organisation. Is that a problem in Aceh which is dominated by The acute phase is over; the health care is under- Muslims? way, but the logistics, water and the sanitary systems are still a problem. We supervise around Religion is a delicate subject here. Religion makes 12 camps and two villages with several thousand no difference for YAKKUM Emergency Unit, we sim- people. There is mainly enough rice, but a lack ply want to help and the refugees see it that way of oil or sugar, also such daily items such as too. Thus, we try e.g. to consider the religious needs ▲ 12 EKD Bulletin No. 1/2005 of the refugees. The prayer carpet and the Koran are Exchange meeting about the among the items that the people ask for and we try to satisfy these needs. We are of the opinion that church commitment in the faith and spirituality particularly now have an regions affected by the flood important function for the refugees in order to get healthy and process the trauma as well as get over the bad events and losses. Churches, missions and aid organisations are dis- cussing together the chances and challenges for However, apart from the refugees our work as we the development aid from the Churches in are not a Muslim organisation is seen critically by Germany several parties and this does not necessarily make the work easier. Q: To what extent do the disputes between the Indonesian military and the separatists influence the work? W hat are the different measures of support in e.g. in Indonesia, India, Sri Lanka? What is mostly needed in the long-term and could be provided though the churches and local organisations? How can we support each others ini- tiatives? These are questions which will be discussed We cannot act here completely free, as we hear on an exchange meeting on March 2 invited by EED from the people that the military applied tactics for with regional churches, the missions, the EKD and intimidation before the tsunami already and the the aid organisations in Germany. disputes between the military and rebels continue. In the last weeks members of the congregations Q: What impresses you most and how do you showed great commitment, to provide financial and personally feel about the work? ideal support or to create new partnerships. Critical voices now are warning on the one hand against I still feel as if in a daze, sometimes I would pre- fer to just hide and cry for a week about what I have experienced, although that is not possible. At the same time there are many positive experi- ences: the considerable gratitude of the people, the too much well meant help, which can also cause damages. On the other hand there are calls for help such as e.g. from Christian organisations in Banda Aceh, which are not just requesting financial, but also political help in the regions where the civil laughing and the strength of the people, who have population stand between the conflicting parties and are still experiencing so much suffering, the and refugees are not allowed to return to their vil- children and the great team spirit. Also the good lages. cooperation with the large organisations and the great interest in YAKKUM, these are the small big Churches and church organisations play an impor- highlights, which are the basis for each new day in tant role in mediating conflicts, however their pos- Aceh. sibilities are limited where there are no fully-grown structures and hardly church members. I am most impressed by the strength of the people and their great solidarity to be there more for the In a first exchange meeting of the church organisa- others than themselves. And then I am also touched tions in Germany it will be discussed, which initia- by the enourmous contradiction between the mag- tives are underway for supporting the people on site, nificently beautiful nature and the total destruc- but also, which chances and challenges there are. tion. To drive through the destroyed regions is a The exchange meeting also serves as preparation of very brutal experience each time again, for which the development conference of the churches and there is no comparison. The 12 km from the sea to organisations, which the EED and Bread for the Banda Aceh look like complete devastation. There World are organising on March 14–16 in Meissen. where previously 30 villages stood, everything has The issue this year is »church partnership pro- been flattened. Life was completely eradicated. ■ grammes overseas«. ■ 13 ▲ EKD Bulletin No. 1/2005 Tsunami Special Flood in Asia – Where was God? Wolfgang Huber on German television pro- gramme »Studio Friedmann« Q: Where was God when the people were struck by the water? G od was hopefully so close to the people that he was able to support those who experienced this terrible disaster in a man- ner which we cannot describe. I firmly believe that God is on the side of those who suffer, not on the side of the force so that I can trust that also those who had to experience this, also their relatives and those who survived, can take refuge in God from this terrible event. Q: 200,000 people are no longer able to take refuge in God, they are dead. Who is to blame for their deaths? The force of nature is to blame for their deaths, but also the manner in which we treat nature, also the fact that a warning, which in many cases would have been possible, was not given. »I firmly believe that God is on the side of those who suffer« Q: But nature also has something to do with God (photo: epd) and the self-conception of the three monotheist world religions, thus also Christianity, states that Q: But these natural processes, which you God is almighty. Is God also responsible for this describe, they are also determined and controlled disaster? by God. If one believes in God, the Almighty, who left his mark on this Earth and the people, It is my firm belief that one should not imagine the who brought everything to life, then surely God omnipotence of God in such a way that God takes is also responsible for these events. away all evil and everything inconceivable from life beforehand. He neither does this for you, nor for me My faith does not cover the fact that God controls with regard to the darkest depths, which also occur and determines every single process of nature, that in our lives and neither does he do this with regard is not my conception of God’s almighty power. But to the course of nature. We are not living in para- my idea of God’s almighty power is that it also dise yet, we are living in the world which has not includes the contradiction against that suffering, been saved yet. which exists in this reality, the unredeemed reality. Q: Why did it happen? Q: Let us simply imagine we are one of these 200,000 and we scream: God, God, why have I t happened because Earth plates pushed against each other, because this caused a seaquake and because people were standing unsuspecting on the shore and had no warning. you left me? Why did God leave this one person 200,000 times? There was not even an explanation for that on the cross of Jesus. There is no explanation for this. 14 There is only the hope, even in suffering, that God wants life and not death. ▲ EKD Bulletin No. 1/2005 Q: Is there such a thing as God’s punishment? understanding for people who are pushed to this despair and I would like to accompany them in this There is God’s punishment. But how personal guilt despair. and God’s punishment stand in relation to each other I can always only refer to my own person, Q: If God could not even have the power to cor- because namely the confession of my sin and the rect the evil in life, we as human beings would realisation that God will judge this my sin, belongs have to live with the fact that the evil cannot be together and independent of this I cannot say eradicated. about someone else: He will now be punished by God. Q: You said further, and I quote: Not the almighty power of God, but visions of omnipo- tence by modern man are shown their limits W e also have to live with the fact that evil will be a part of this world until the Day of Judgement, until this world is saved from evil and this will not take place today, nor tomorrow either, as much as we try repeatedly in the through this event. Who punishes whom and light of God being close to us to fight evil. But we why those people who died? will not be able to create a world without evil. It is promised, but we do not yet live in this saved world. I do not say that these people are punished. It is an inconceivable fate, however ... Broadcasted on January 6, 2005 N24 holds the rights to the programme, copy Q: Is it a useless death? through the church office of the EKD ■ It is a useless death. I see no sense in this death, not even a sense by saying it is God’s punishment. Q: But how can you face someone who has faith, »Give a light of consolation« who is mourning the one he has lost, how can you comfort him by saying that this death was Intercessions at the lamentation service on useless? January 2 in Frankfurt Maybe more than if I say to him: This death was »Endless suffering« was the title of the televised God’s punishment. Maybe it is more honest to say church service which took place in Nikolai Church to him: I see no sense in this death. I am mourning of Frankfurt on January 2. During the service emer- with you that a life has been interrupted and I try gency counsellors of Frankfurt Airport reported to have faith that there is a future for this life about their work with tourists returning home, of beyond death. whom many had lost relatives or friends. The ser- mon was given by the Chairman of the Council of Q: Can you understand that people lose their the Evangelical Church in Germany (EKD), Bishop faith in God after these or other disasters? Wolfgang Huber. Members of the Indonesian Perki Community described the situation in their commu- I can understand that. I can understand that people nity. Below we document the intercession from this have doubts about God in such disasters and also lamentation service. despair and I would like them to see in me a person who accompanies them in this desperation. Pastor Dieter Roos: God, unimaginable is the suffer- ing of millions of people. The wounds caused will Q: Do you also have your doubts about God in not heal for many years. Give them a light of com- such situations? fort and hope in the darkness of their suffering. After the flood you promised the people a future. Yes, I also have my doubts about God in such situa- You gave Noah and the people a sign of reconcilia- tions. tion with the rainbow. We pray: let the people rec- oncile after this disaster. Give everyone an open Q: Do you despair in such situations of God? heart over all borders and prejudices that the peo- ple concerned receive the help they need. We pray... 15 I am grateful for the fact that I have not yet ▲ despaired of God in my life. But I have a very deep Congregation: Hear our prayers. EKD Bulletin No. 1/2005 Tsunami Special / Germany B eate Schwartz-Simon: God, I pray for the women and men working for different organisations who left their homes to help the victims. God be with them with all your might. Do not let them see and experience more than they »Bread for the victims of the flood« German protestant rectory Costa del Sol remem- can bear. Give them the certainty that they can bers the victims of the fatal flood help, even if the disaster is unimaginable and the suffering innumerable. Give them courage, when During the first service in the New Year 2005 the they see they cannot help. God, help them to let go German protestant congregation in Marbella when they have fulfilled their task. Let them find remembered the victims of the flood disaster. their way back into their life, healthy in body and soul. We pray... Congregation: Hear our prayer. Pastor Druschke-Borschel: God, I bring before you I n the church room El Angel the rainbow colours made of delicate chiffon cloths were hung up on the altar. Candles stood on the beams to remember the victims and those that were missing. »Our God comes and does not keep silent«. With everyone who is now hurt in body and soul; those these words from the Bible, Pastor Friedhelm Peters who have lost people close to them; those who reminded of God’s promise after the flood, to retain wanted to enjoy your beautiful world and now the Earth and to faithfully remember the people. experienced hell on it. God, let those who got away The expression of mourning, silence and hope be grateful they were rescued. Give them people, repeatedly finds fulfilment for Christians before who understand and support them. Strengthen our God. The lamentations and questions of why were hope that those whom the sea took away from us, brought before God in the intercession and the vic- are not lost, but are well with you in eternity. Give tims remembered. Members of the congregation us the faith that your love is greater than all mentioned these thoughts in prayers. threats and that we – the living and the dead – remain in this love. We pray ... The collection was determined for the victims of the flood. One member of the congregation, a baker, had Congregation: Hear our prayer. baked »bread for the victims of the flood« that was purchased eagerly. All of the proceeds were donated. Frank Madrikan: Lord, our loving God, we would like The »bread for the victims of the flood« campaign, in to pray for all those in the countries hit by the dis- which the German Catholic community also took aster: in Indonesia, but also in all other countries of part, will be continued until the end of February. An Asia and Africa, in which there was destruction and amount of 1,595 Euro was collected as offering in death. Help those who survived to come to terms the service. And the good ideas did not stop. The with their fear of a new quake and a new tidal owner of a finca donated lemons, which were sold wave. They fear a new disaster and that makes their the same way. By the middle of February 2,738.50 situation even more uncertain and worse than it is Euro were collected this way. already. Give the people the strength to clear the debris and slowly step by step rebuild their liveli- hoods again. We pray to you for the governments, give them the energy so that help can be given quickly to those who need help. We also pray: give New from spring on – the people in these countries hope and confidence the Bulletin Newsletter once again. Be with them so that in all their suffer- ing they feel your love and are given the strength News from the EKD – just a mouseclick away again to continue. We pray.... Congregation: Hear our prayer. ■ T atapudi is a Theology student in Southern India. In an e-mail to the editorial staff, the 27-year-old described how important the information from Germany is to him. Jorge lives in El Salvador. He is planning to visit Europe and has 16 already started learning German for his visit. At the ▲ EKD Bulletin No. 1/2005 Germany moment it’s still easier for him to read the EKD to produce the solution. Additional information news in English, however. Heather emigrated to sites and links to more detailed passages in the Canada more than fifty years ago. The Bulletin Bible make the puzzle easier. makes it possible for her to keep in touch with the Evangelical Church in her native country. To be able to keep Tatapudi, Jorge, Heather and all the other readers of the EKD Bulletin around the world better up-to-date with EKD topics as well as O nline games are a special attraction on the Internet site of the EKD. »They present the services and actions, we will be presenting the new Bible in a lively and Bulletin Newsletter per e-mail from May onwards. creative manner and In future, a digital circular will be sent around the also arouse the curios- world from the Church Office in Hanover eight ity of younger players times a year or around every six weeks. Brief para- about stories from the graphs will provide a summary of what topics peo- Bible« says Tom O. ple in the EKD are currently dealing with. Those Brok, Head of the Internet department of the EKD. who want to read more can click on a link to more The games are especially popular for use in religious detailed texts on the Internet. An attachment pro- studies lessons and in the work with catechumens, vides the complete texts for download. reports Brok. »Jacob’s Journey« is already the tenth game on www.ekd.de. It was produced in tried and The printed version will of course continue to be tested cooperation with the cartoonist and web distributed and will summarise the Newsletter sub- designer Rainer Holweger from Tübingen. jects in four issues every year. Those who would prefer to change over to the digital service can sub- Those who do not just wish to go on the pilgrimage scribe to the newsletter immediately under virtually should take part in the contest for »Jacob’s www.ekd.de/bulletin. If you are interested, just Journey« by April 29. The best player wins a trip on enter your e-mail address and you will receive the Jacob’s route to Santiago de Compostela. ■ up-to-date EKD news with the next issue – free of charge, of course. ■ Service for young journalists »Jacob’s journey« – the slight- Social Service Agency is planning an article ly different pilgrimage service in the Internet EKD presents new online game The Social Service Agency [Diakonisches Werk] of the EKD is planning an article service in the J acob’s life was turbulent, as reported in the Book of Genesis: Disputes about inheritance, jealousy dramas, escape and finally reconcilia- tion are just some elements. Exciting material for a new online game for the Internet work of the Internet, which offers editorial offices of school and youth newspapers contributions and illustrative material on topics related to diaconia which are relevant to youths free of charge. The project financed by the media fund of the EKD thus brings Evangelical Church in Germany (EKD), which can be diaconia’s topics into the schools and addresses a played under www.ekd.de/jakobsweg. One of the target group, which is still open for concepts for prizes will be a pilgrimage on Jacob’s route in life. Through the editorial offices of the school Spain. newspapers at the same time potential up and coming journalists can be reached, who will The players are presented six sequences of Jacob’s remember diaconia as a positive term and as a life. The background is described in short text pas- competent partner. sages and by way of drawings, which in the end lead to one question. For each correct answer the The articles are especially designed in terms of lan- participants receive a word syllable, which at the guage and content to suit the target group of the 17 end of the game have to be put in the right order – 13 to 19-year olds and are oriented in their extent ▲ EKD Bulletin No. 1/2005 Germany to the usual formats of school newspapers. The midget and has produced a 25-minute feature contributions can be taken over unchanged or serve about her life. She was awarded the first prize in as a basis for own articles. Additional information the category radio with the »MitMensch« [fellow on the respective issue is supplied by the article human] – Media prize of the Social Service Agency service. for young journalists. The main focus of the articles for the school press are contraception, pregnancy, drugs, alcohol and addiction, debts, conscientious objection to military service and community service, voluntary social year, training in social professions, youths in I n February the prizes were awarded at a ceremo- ny in Berlin’s Sony Center. After the patron, the Federal Minister for Family, Senior Citizens, Women and Youths, Renate Schmidt, had arrived, Chaiman of the Social Service Agency, Jürgen Gohde, mourning, telephone counselling, globalisation. went to the lectern. He praised all entries for the prize and thanked the participants for their commit- T he editor for children and youth media in the press office of the Social Service Agency cre- ates the articles in cooperation with special- ist seminar papers and diaconia advice centres and researches photos and graphics. The offer will be ment. »We are impressed by the submitted work of young journalists. We received a large number of very emotional contributions. Although as a charity we often see many social plights – they showed us many new aspects. We would like to thank you for this!« available for downloading on the homepage of the Social Service Agency in an own school newspaper The work of the nominees proved that social needs area. A newsletter can also be subscribed to here, can be reported in a responsible manner, stated which informs regularly about new issues and arti- Renate Schmidt: »All nominees proved that social cles on the website. issues can at the same time be informative and presented with sensitivity. You have thus con- As soon as the Internet offer is ready schools and tributed to more understanding for how problem school newspapers will be informed via a mailing situations can arise and the plight of those who about the new service of the Social Service Agency. find themselves in difficult life situations.« In addi- They will receive an information letter and a calen- tion, she praised the prize as such. »I would like to dar of the article service with relevant dates. ■ congratulate the Social Service Agency of the Evangelical Church in Germany on this foresighted initiative and thank them that they have created this media prize.« The Social Service Agency thus makes an important contribution to the under- Federal Minister Renate standing and organisation of the welfare state in Schmidt: »I would like to con- Germany. »If the »MitMensch« did not exist yet, this media prize would have to be introduced as gratulate the Social Service soon as possible,« said Schmidt in her greeting in Agency on this foresighted the Sony Center. initiative.« Prize ceremony in Sony Center in Berlin »...These gazes have accompanied me my whole life W hen the prizes were finally presented, tension had increased considerably. Neither the nominees nor the audience, nor the press had been informed until this time about the winners. – Unique for a journalists’ prize already, for 20 years now. I am just under one and thus a very special attraction of »MitMensch«. metre in height and out of the house always en route in my wheelchair. I cannot operate it however First the winner in the category print was called to as my arms are too short ...« – stage: Volker Walzer from Berlin. In his feature he describes »Hopeless in Hopefield« the life of 500 200 guests are sitting silently and extremely spell- people in a village in South Africa, all infected with bound in the Sony Sky Garden on Potsdamer Platz HIV. The report appeared through the German press in Berlin. They are listening to an excerpt from the agency [Deutsche Presse-Agentur, DPA] in various 18 radio feature of Marie-Hélène Adams. The young daily newspapers in the summer of 2004. The jury journalist describes her experiences of not being praised the time-consuming research and the excel- normal, but different in her feature. Ms Adam is a lent drawing of the people concerned which was ▲ EKD Bulletin No. 1/2005 true to detail. »Such an achievement for such a Agency, Jürgen Gohde, and advisors from institu- young journalist is exceptional« said the member of tions. The poster campaign formed the background the jury Hannelore Crolly. in order to make clear the position on the issue of pregnancy and pregnancy conflict advice. T he prize which was endowed with 1,000.– Euro in the category radio was then awarded to Marie-Hélène Adam, from Kuppenheim. In her 25-minute feature Adam asks the question »Why is it not normal, to be different?« which was The main aim of the campaign is to effectively inform the public that the protestant pregnancy and pregnancy conflict advice centres exist, which type of advice and help they offer and what distin- broadcast by SWR 2 Eckpunkt in July 2004. The guishes them. The most important points here are: young journalist dealt with her own situation as a The advice is oriented to the protection of life, the midget, tells the story in the I form and allows her unborn child and the born child. In case of conflict environment to talk about her situation. The jury the advisors respect the decision of conscience of praised the exceptional approach and the very per- the women. sonal implementation of the issue of disability. The offer of advice however does not just refer to Finally, the category television was still left. It went this problem situation, but in addition offers psy- to Stefanie Undisz from Hamburg for the report chological and social help for many different ques- »Laughing on Prescription«. In August 2004 Undisz tions and problems such as family planning, unful- accompanied for the central German radio (MDR) a filled desire to have children, conflicts in the con- clown on a children’s cancer ward. He tries to make text of prenatal diagnosis or financial emergency. the young patients laugh by making fun. The young The information campaign for this manifold offer of journalist manages to bring the viewer closer to the services is also important, because the Catholic issue of cancer with children in a sensitive way. She Church has given up the pregnancy conflict advice takes the viewers onto the ward with the clown laid down by law and often gives the impression and reports about those affected without making it that both churches had withdrawn from this advice. appear as if they were peeping, said the chairman of the jury, Björn Staschen. The campaign motif developed by the agency Morgenstern & Kaes was distributed in a circulation A detailed documentation is currently being pre- of 5,000 large scale posters by poster companies pared by the press department of the Social Service throughout Germany. Here the German railway Agency. Available from the end of March under: advertisement is the biggest sponsor. The posters email@example.com ■ can be seen until the middle of 2005. In addition, the motif can be seen as an electronic poster on video walls in Berlin, Hamburg, Munich, Stuttgart, Frankfurt and other towns. As a further central part of the advertising offensive an advertising cam- »For difficult and other paign has been initiated in print media nationwide. circumstances« Major public magazines have published one whole page advertisement each. Campaign of the protestant pregnancy advice centres In line with the start of the campaign a nationwide postcard action is started: In a first consignment Help with everything to do with pregnancy, family, 120,000 postcards were distributed with the cam- life – this is the subtitle of the actual campaign paign motif to the protestant advice network. The »for difficult and other circumstances«. Since the advisors distribute these postcards for example to end of August 2004 the two coloured posters have doctors’ practices. There they can be given directly been hanging all over Germany. In addition, a radio to the persons concerned. spot has been providing information about the offer for advice since February 2005 in various private The design of the poster places its bet on a picture radio programmes. language designed very aesthetic and vivid. A young woman pauses in a considerate pose. As if to find The prelude to the new campaign was formed on protection with herself, she has crossed her arms in 19 August 31, 2004 in Berlin a press conference under front of her chest. Her pose expresses vulnerability the assistance of Chairman of the Social Service and silent thought. You can imagine that she has ▲ EKD Bulletin No. 1/2005 Germany just found out that she is pregnant, which she was first time in many years«, explains Revd. Dethloff. not prepared for. Maybe she will not be able to She supports clients going through German court cope with this situation now and needs support and procedure in order to be permitted to live in advice. Germany. »Many a time we have been successful in convincing the judges to reconsider cases that were A women in this situation is a potential client of the pregnant women and pregnancy con- flict advice centres of the Social Service Agency and protestant church. However, unfortu- nately many women and men (!) do not know that dismissed at an earlier stage.« B ut she has also experienced lost cases. »If the court refuses to accept the credibility of a person seeking asylum, Christians have to there are prostestant advice centres. This should believe the applicants.« Fanny Dethloff, who chairs change: Since the start of the campaign a service this working group, is certain that it is a Christian’s number is given on the poster, through which responsibility to house those that are without a callers can find out about an advice centre nearby home. »We encourage people of good will to open 24 hours a day in a professional diacony callcenter. their home to refugees.« In Hamburg the church is For 9 cents for each call the caller will be told the winning private people to put a sign in their win- local advice centre. The number is dow – a purple ribbon – to say »Refugees are wel- +49 (18 03) 53 53 55. ■ come here«. Bishop of Hamburg Maria Jepsen strongly supports this project. Local churches in the NEK have been doing this for decades: since 1987, 42 families and single persons have lived on church premises for various periods of time in the north of Churches: Places of Hope NEK. Throughout Germany many refugees found shelter in different perishes. Living undercover in Germany A new publication has just appeared on this issue. There are more than one million people without a The Association of Protestant Churches and passport, ID or valid residence permit living in Missions in Germany (EMW), fully aware of the Germany. Escaping from wars or poverty, many of many different points of view on the subject, has the »sans papiers« (French for »without papers«) live published a workbook with articles in German by a underground in constant fear of discovery and number of knowledgeable authors (including Revd. deportation. In Germany laws are stricter than in Fanny Detloff). 4000 brochures have been printed most other European countries when it comes to and most of them were ordered within the first few recognising a foreigner as a victim of political perse- weeks. »We may have to reprint the brochure. Many cution. Yet this group of people is welcomed as people have called us to praise and comment on cheap labourers by various branches of industry. They the material. The second edition will be improved, are often expoited, abused and mistreated because as we have received new input from our readers,« employers know that there is no legal help for says Martin Keiper, who is in charge of the publica- »undocumented migrants« in case of a complaint. tion at EMW. If Germans are better informed about the issue they can influence legislation to alter »Never attract attention! Keep a low profile!« is the German laws in order to make them more humane. motto of the »illegals«. Having lived through trau- matising situations in the past, the inner resources This is where you can order the brochure: of many of them have been stretched to the limit. EMW, Normannenweg 17-21; 20537 Hamburg or »Many of the people seeking our help are highly in firstname.lastname@example.org danger of committing suicide«, says Revd. Fanny See also: http://www.emw-d.de/de.root/de.publika- Dethloff. She is in charge of ministry to refugees in tionen/de.publikationen.neu/index.html the North-Elbian Evangelical Lutheran Church Title of the brochure: »Bloss nicht auffallen« or (NEK). If she has the feeling that a person who »Whatever you do, never attract attention!«. ■ comes to her for assistance is on the brink of a breakdown, she moves him or her into a clandestine apartment paid for by the church, although this is 20 not legal. »Some of our clients find peace for the EKD Bulletin No. 1/2005
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