Perspectives in the Time of Covid-19

The Covid-19 pandemic has turned our lives upside down. How we live, work, love, practice our faiths – much has changed. The virus has made some problems visible for the first time, while we now see some topics from a different perspective. Here, you can read contributions from our current and former participants telling the story of their lives in times of corona. Stories of upheaval, of new insights, and serene realizations. Have a read!

Today we would like to share an article by Dóra, one of this year’s participants of our European Scholarship Programme@Dialogueperspectives. In her article „Borderline Case: Christian and Muslim asylum seekers are treated exactly the same” Dóra writes about Christian refugees in the Hungarian transit zone. The guiding principle of the Hungarian government’s refugee policy is to differentiate between Christian “real refugees” who have been persecuted in their home country, and Muslim “dangerous refugees”. Her report is published on getthetrollsout.org and looks how that works in practice.

Get the trolls out is a project and campaign to combat discrimination and intolerance based on religious grounds in Europe. Led by the Media Diversity Institute (MDI) with the support of different partners spread throughout Europe—i.e. the European Union of Jewish Students (EUJS) or the Amadeu Antonio Stiftung—the campaign will harness the power of social media to disseminate innovative media outputs and generate dialogue in order to deliver a powerful counter-narrative against diverse forms of hate speech, including Antisemitism, Islamophobia, anti-Christian sentiment, and associated attempts to turn public opinion against migrants and asylum-seekers.

Read Dóra’s article on ‘getthetrollsout.org’

 

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˝The programme makes possible something that is all too rare in our society these days: speaking and having discussions across borders, not about each other, but with each other. That can be a hard slog at times, but at the same time the format makes space for follow-up questions and deeper conversations that are only possible through trust on all sides.

Felix, DialoguePerspectives participant

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