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Ceremony for Samir


Saturday Aug 3, 2019. Funeral prayers Samir Hamdard starts 1 o’clock in the Mosquée Al Khalil in Brussels.
Candles filmed during the afghan refugees camp, March 2014, in the Beguinage church of Brussels.

Cricket Beguinage Afghans Team


In March 2014 Kristen Cattell (USA) and Michel van der Burg (Holland) traveled to Brussels, Belgium to meet a group of Afghans living inside an old Catholic church – the church of Saint John the Baptist at the Béguinage (Beguinage Church). At the time, nearly one hundred Afghan refugees had set up camp within the walls of the seventeenth century compound. We made a reportage and interviewed several people including Samir Hamdard – the spokesperson for these afghan refugees – who died last Wednesday (report yesterday http://bit.ly/2GJe64S ). In between the interviews we enjoyed watching Samir and the others playing a cricket game in front of the Beguinage church. More about the Beguinage Project here http://bit.ly/1HZguvY
20190802 ~ Cricket Beguinage Afghans Team ~ Beguinage Project reportage Kristen Cattell / Michel van der Burg (film) – michelvanderburg.com | miracles.media

Samir «Afghans Sans-Papiers Spokesperson»


Thursday Aug 1, 2019.  Shocked today to learn that Samir Hamdard (Ahmad Samir Hamdard) has died yesterday (Wednesday) in a hospital as a result of his terrible injuries after he jumped out of the window last Monday in an attempt to escape an explosion and fire of the house in Schaerbeek, Brussels. Samir the tireless activist of peace, justice and solidarity, was chosen as the spokesperson for the afghan refugees in Belgium.
My condolences to his family, afghan and belgian and other friends, the activists who crossed his road in the fight for regularization of the afghan sans-papiers.
Here in commemoration a short film of Samir demanding Justice! – 20 nov 2013, on the arrival of the silent solidarity march for afghan refugees in Brussels.

Samir «Afghans Sans-Papiers Spokesperson»

Ahmad Samir Hamdard demanding justice at the solidarity march for the Afghan “sans papier” community in Belgium, Brussels , Nov 20, 2013.
20190801 ~ Samir ~ Film : Michel van der Burg – michelvanderburg.com

Artistic Activism Asylum


Sculpture with barbed wire used in manifestation for regularisation of undocumented migrants found ‘resting’ last weekend in the Brussels Beguinage Church . ① memo 20190312 ~ Artistic Activism Asylum

Afghan Sans Papiers in Kazerne Dossin


① memo 20171120 ~ Afghan Sans Papiers in Kazerne Dossin ~ Some 30 young Afghans , undocumented (‘sans papiers’) , and Belgians together* went to the Kazerne Dossin in Mechelen – note : some Afghans were not able to stay because of trauma’s experienced in their homeland – communiqué in french in this video at the finish of the silent solidarity march for the Afghan community of “Sans Papier” in Belgium, by Belgians and Afghan refugees in Brussels , Nov 20th 2013 – in front of the Federal Justice Building (FPS) in Brussels , Belgium

* Organized by the UPJB and the ‘comité de soutien aux 450 Afghans sans statuts’ , and supported by Solidarcité , and SCI – visit saturday Nov 16th 2013 in Kazerne Dossin , Mechelen , Belgium ( SCI “Des rencontres qui questionnent)

More video work on the Belgian Afghan community here :

Beguinage project

Afghans & Belgians « We want justice »

Couture Courage Congo


① memo 20170818 ~ Couture Courage Congo ~ Couture Courage Congo ~ (FR dessous / below) – The courage of african women – Congolese Fashion Parade « Dignity by creating couture » at the Atelier Marcel Hastir – Brussels – August 3, 2015 – with Anne-Sophie Maier, Aurélie Ferriere, Caroline Hack, Ewa Malinowska, Florette Mavunda, Isabelle Asguet, Katia Fournier, Maria Palatine et Michaëla Ngindu wa Nzengu. For the Young Congolese Women’s Group – DJFC , Kikwit , DR Congo & the Robert Maistriau Foundation. A short film by Michel van der Burg (August 7 2015 / updates : August 16 , 2015 / August 18 , 2017)
FR – Le courage des femmes africaines – Défilé de robes « La dignité par la création couturière » à l’Atelier Marcel Hastir – Bruxelles , 3 août 2015 – avec Anne-Sophie Maier, Aurélie Ferriere, Caroline Hack, Ewa Malinowska, Florette Mavunda, Isabelle Asguet, Katia Fournier, Maria Palatine et Michaëla Ngindu wa Nzengu. Pour la « Dynamique de la Jeunesse Féminine Congolaise ASBL » DJFC , Kikwit , DR Congo & la « Fondation Robert Maistriau ASBL » . Un court-métrage de Michel van der Burg (7 août 2015 / mise à jour : 16 août 2015 / 18 août 2017)
Film tech note : filmed with Canon Legria mini X – unfortunately with ‘interview’ audio settings for an interview I did earlier that day.

Couture Courage Congo

Couture Courage Congo - Atelier Marcel Hastir 2015

Couture Courage Congo – Atelier Marcel Hastir 2015

Couture Courage Congo – Atelier Marcel Hastir 2015
(FR dessous / below)
The courage of african women
Congolese Fashion Parade « Dignity by creating couture » at the Atelier Marcel Hastir – Brussels – August 3, 2015
For the Young Congolese Women’s Group – DJFC , Kikwit , DR Congo & the Robert Maistriau Foundation
A short film* by Michel van der Burg

FR
Couture Courage Congo – Atelier Marcel Hastir 2015
Le courage des femmes africaines
Défilé de robes « La dignité par la création couturière » à l’Atelier Marcel Hastir – Bruxelles , 3 août 2015
Pour la « Dynamique de la Jeunesse Féminine Congolaise ASBL » DJFC , Kikwit , DR Congo & la « Fondation Robert Maistriau ASBL »
Un court-métrage* de Michel van der Burg

Links
Atelier Marcel Hastir
Fondation Robert Maistriau

DJFC in the news

Young Congolese Women’s Group (known by its French acronym, DJFC) / Dynamique de la jeunesse féminine congolaise
Congolese Women Refuse Poverty
Des associations de femmes refusent la pauvreté

Note
* Film version 1 : 2015/08/07 – version 2 : 2015/08/16