Category Archives: metamorphosis

Illegal Tribunal, Nov.3rd De Balie

Re-thinking the Schiphol Fire

PROGRAM (here in Dutch)

The Public hearing:

STREAM audio and video


Papa Sakho  tells us what we see

"After the fire we have to learn many things:
About what happened to the Schiphol People,
How they died in the fire.
And also about meeting the migrants.
Why the people move to die in the water.
To get a better life."


 Proposal for a Momentary Migration Monument (Dutch)
By Tjebbe van Tijen Imaginary Museum Projects)


Final of the auction of the poster Reisbureau Rita,
by Jo van der Spek, Sander and Papa Sakho of M2M (Dutch/English)

Four workshops  were held

Organized by: M2M and De Balie

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making community in the Worldhouse

Notice:  The commemoration of the Schiphol Fire  (26-10-2005) will take place on Monday 26th of October. The Schiphol People will stand together with the eleven dead at their monument at the foot of the fence of the detention complex at Schiphol Oost.

The Blue House on IJburg will be open from 12 in the morning.
Welcome everybody!

On Friday  October 2nd we had another  session of M2M Radio, with Sakho, Jo, Jean, Elisa, Carmen, Johnson and Ahmed Issa :

Welcome in the Worldhouse
Le mot illegal, Jean de Cameroun (french)
The art of communication.: making community
Sali raps
And Sali raps again, for Ahmed Issa


Dedicated to Ahmed Issa

Hey Yo, Ahmed
My brother from another mother
No matter how far you fall down
you gotta be ready to stand up.
Stay strong and never give up.
Life is hard, so let’s keep trying.
No harm in trying so make it happen

Life is gonna be the way
you want it to be.
To be a man is not easy.
Many things I learn in prison
bless and still living
try to earn every peny
that I am getting.

Since the beginning of my mission.
When I was conceived
to come in this position

This reminds me of my forefather
who fought and died while demanding
for freedom to live.

Thanks to M2M for making it real.
This is the voice of your lovely brother
Prince Malik.


Art for Ahmed Issa

The day Colonel Gaddafi made a courageous humanitarian gesture and came to Schiphol to pick-up his countryman Ahmed Al-J.

Art works by Tjebbe van Tijen, publisher of The Limping Messenger and curator of  Imaginary Museum Projects.



Two days ago I went to a combined theatre performance and action meeting in the Brakke Grond in Amsterdam in support of the the Libyan migrant Ahmed Al-J. who has been at the center of years of court cases and juridical and technical researches about a fatal fire on October 27, 2005 in a detention center at Schiphol airport for migrants, waiting for the result of their appeal against planned extradition. Ahmed had at first been labeled by the court as the main culprit, because of a burning cigaret in his cell that set the whole section of the center aflame an left 11 people dead. Recently he has been acquited of this charge, as a whole series of management and construction mistakes have come to light, as result of a series of inquiries and counter-inquiries. I will not further detail this case too much here as the facts are widely known by now. The incessant support for the traumatized migrants by several action groups (of which at least two should be mentioned here Migrant To Migrant/M2M and All Included), lawyers and some politicians, have had some concrete results, but the essential question of who is to be held responsible for the fact that a single cigarette in a prison-like new facility can lead to so many victims, has still not been answered in a satisfactory way. Singling out the Libyan migrant and his cigaret has allowed to keep out of focus the planners, management and local authorities who have to control the safety of this detention facility (located at Schiphol Oost). Many see this as a form of scapegoating.

Observe this unfolding story in all its details at The Limping Messenger

ACTION: Banners WELCOME everywhere


The campaign FREE AHMED ISSA has launched a nationwide action to make and distribute banneres with WELCOME in as many languages, colours, places and shapes as we can. The start was Saturday 12th on the Museumplein.






Everywhere around Holland banners are appearing in public places.


The first banner was made on the day of the verdict (Sept. 3rd) in arab, saying



Say Welcome to Ahmed Issa, detained again to be deported to Libya

Welcome to all refugees, migrants and other egals

hospitality yes, exclusion no

please send the pictures of your contribution to m2m[at]

Fofana is free. Live on M2M

Last Wednesday M2M went out to Alphen to visit Fofana and Imran Khan in prison.  The security did not let us do that, so we walked around the building to meet and greet the prisoners on the West and the East. We exchanged some names and numbers and will try to communicate and facilitate.
Meanhwile, Fofana’s lawyer had informed M2M that he would be released this very day! So we stayed around until we could embrace the man. We asked several guards coming out from work if they knew Fofana, but all refused to talk with us. They have strict instructions NOT TO COMMUNICATE.
Well, we don’t and finally we met Fofana at the railway station, where he was dropped off in a blind combi.
He did not know that we were waiting for him, because the security had refused to tell him, so he was kind of lost.
He had never seen anything but prisons in the Netherlands. So there you are at a station under construction, with 2 heavy bags and nowhere to go.


So he was happy we found him! And then we went to a garden by the river and had a soft landing. And he started talking and talking.

We publish here some words, and will talk more with Fofana in the live prohgram this Friday evening.

Phonecards are like diamonds!


Fofana starts making friends in Amsterdams Olympic Stadium.

You are welcome in our temporary studio in the SCUB

De Ruyterkade 153, 10 minutes walk from central Station

And on our web site, where you can listen live

A question to you outside

Sali is still working on the rebel rap with the brothers of Block L.  He needs female voices for the chorus!

Does it make you happy to see somebody suffer?

Sali greets us outside and thanks us for our support of their fight for freedom. And he is happy with the news that Ali Reza Imani has finally obtained his recognition as a political refugee.  He had to do 34 days of hungerstrike to make his point.

Celebrating 2 years M2M Radio

On the 10th of February 2007 The Blue House roared with a new sound: the
sound of a radio being born.
We called it Radio Ruisriet, because we liked the association with the
sound of weeds and reeds that were whistling here when IJburg wasn’t.
There is one zen poet who wrote a few nice lines about Ruisriet, but
somehow we never laid our microphone to her lips.

Anyway, the new born radio baby was conceived as a tool in the hands of
the Schiphol People: the survivors of the Schiphol Fire and their friends,
buddies and other supporting activists, artists, reseachers and

The Blue House and the weekly live radio program around the dinner table
became a meeting place of all concerned. Here we commemorated the fire and
the dead, here we tried to make a life again.

We regard the fire as the final proof that it is inhuman to confine people
in a detention center, just because you deny their right to be here. The
price a society pays for excluding human beings is losing its humanity
itself. Humans are not banana’s. That is why we speak not only about the
fire. We deal with migrants, with migration, survival, art and
metamorphosis in general.

The mission of M2M is to make free communication and to look at migration
in a different way. Look with us, not at us.

M2M is 2 now and on its own feet. M2M is moving and growing like our
Moving Tree. We pop up in unexpected places.

Because we are here, and we are everywhere!

M2M Radio

Permission to stream Schiphol Fire trial pending

M2M Radio has filed a request with the High Court of Amsterdam to allow streaming of the trial in appeal against Ahmed Isa, accused of causing the Schiphol Fire.

The court took some decisions today about when  the trial will be held.

21st and 23rd of April and 7th and 8th of May

A decision to allow streaming the sessions under consideration. The text of the request is in Dutch, at

An exchange of Afghan thoughts

***  Listen here to the full program of Friday 7th of November. ***

The latest news is that our brother Miloud Fritass is in a life threatening sitiuation. He is in detention centre Alphen aan den Rijn, and Justice wants to deport him back to Morocco. His ticket is ready for Wednesday 12th of November. This must be stopped! Before Miloud kills himself.

We will also talk about our monument at Schiphol Oost. And how we can convince the mayor to embrace it. We will meet him next week!

Our special guests this evening are  Jun Julien Matsushita, coordinator of the Radio Connect Project of Internews Europe and his partner Wais Zahir of  Nai, supporting open media in Afghanistan.

Afghanistan’s 37 independent local radio stations will be put online through a platform which will enable them to collect advertising and sponsorship over the Internet. All Afghan local independent stations, including those located in some of the most remote areas of the country, will be given new opportunities and new skills to develop their business and increase their revenue.

Wais and Babak have a long discussion on religion and history (and a bit about sex)

Radio Teranga
Special appearance of Selle Diop on CD!
latest news from Goma and Kinshasa (DRC) by are correspondent Steve Wembi.

And we warmly welcome el payaso Daniel from Buenos Aires, a.k.a. Suuz the Clown.
Nice audio from the demonstration of African sin-papeles in Madrid too.

And Tati is back!

And Muppet takes it away again!