WOMEN WE LOVE
Artist and Activist
It all started a couple of months ago. Everything was at ease; life was going by, but suddenly society, as we know it, changed dramatically. The refugee crisis arrived in Europe, the war in Syria had caught up with us, and the safest place in the world; Norway, was touched by thousands of people in search of refuge.
Malin immediately called the newly founded organisation; ‘Refugees welcome to Norway’ asking how she could help.
What made you react?
My very first reaction was not an intellectual one, but an emotional one. And it was when I had the emotional reaction again and again that I understood that I simply had to react.
How has this crisis impacted your life and way of thinking?
I’ve realized that the abstract distance between people different from me and myself is something constructed. Even though our culture and perhaps religion is different, we’re all people. And a smile is still a smile; a tear is till a tear. The distance will only become bigger if we start excluding each other.
The month of November has arrived, the crisis is still current, and the immigration centres are as full as ever. Malin explains how she’s afraid that the interest from people will render as the newsworthiness of the crisis goes down, and she establishes that without the volunteers, the situation would be a lot different today.