Mental cinema

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Izmir, Basmane

I knew what to expect in advance. I came here well prepared. I know what is happening here every day.

The area around the railway station Basmane is the current contact point at the turkish Aegean to organize the continuation of one’s journey to Europe. Syrian families are living in the cheap hotels around, human traffickers are awaiting their clientele in the arabic labeled restaurants, life jackets are an integral part of presentation in the shop windows and also waterproof neck pouches are on display.

I knew what to expect in advance. I came here well prepared. I know what is happening here every day.

A woman with life jackets in a plastic bag and a baby in her arm crosses my way. Behind her a man with two backpacks, both are walking quite frantic.

That’s daily routine here.

I knew what to expect in advance. I came here well prepared. I know what is happening here every day.

But the movie in my head is playing…

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