Category Archives: Wolrdhouse

Thanks a lot!

Their names are Blaise, Mohamed, Ricky

Three among the thousands of migrants in detention in Holland.
Blaise just spent 2 weeks in isolation. This was his punishment for fighting against his deportation.
Mohamed is now almost one year detained at Schiphol Oost. He will be out on the street without money or rights. He has to rely on friendship to survive.
Ricky is a traumatized victim of the Schiphol Fire, and once again detained to be deported. He has a criminal record, which weighs heavier than the responsibility of the state for the fire that caused his trauma.


Ricky at the commemoration, showing where he was in the Schiphol Fire.

Detained migrants need to speak with friends, lawyers and doctors. With persons they can trust, can listen, understand and even act sometimes.
Like anybody else they need to talk with their families around the world.
They call on M2M to ask for help, to find their way out of injustice.
For themselves and for their brothers on the block.
And they ask M2M to give them phone cards.
M2M is doing just that since March 2009.


M2M, Migrant to Migrant,  organizes awareness and support for the detained migrants in Schiphol Oost, Alphen aan den Rijn and Zaandam. We record their calls, we visit them, we make them part of the commemoration of the fire and we receive them when they are released. In return they are enabled to acted, like they did in solidairity with Ahmed Issa during his trial.
Sali, the young guy from Ghana, never gave up and kept the spirit high. He made a rap for Ahmed Issa which he performed in the Worldhouse, after his release, and on the phone to Ahmed Issa in Libya:

listen to Sali

Sali was arrested again at Amsterdam Central Station on Sunday 27 th of December, together with a friend. He is now in detention in Zaandam.

M2M is here to make  connections, to communicate, as migrants to migrants. We do this without a penny of subsidy, as an independent foundation.

about M2M

M2M received in the last years some 700 Euro from Dutch speakers to contribute to the costs of telephone calls.

Now we ask our English readers to make a similar contribution.
Please donate 10 euro to M2M so we can continue to provide this human right to communicate.

Our bank account is on the contact page of M2M

You can also buy a card (Cobra, LIPS, Eurocity) yourself and mail the code to M2M

thanks a lot!

You can’t quantify affection

Celebrating Migrants Day in Holland.  With a great story by Sami Gathii

The Diaspora Forum for Development in the Netherlands staged a Dialogue between Migrant’s Organisations and Civil Society on the occasion of International Migrants Day.
Mr. Wim Stoffers, representing Oxfam-Novib, played the role of Devil’s advocate regarding the issue of remittances. He stated that all the money migrants send home does not really do a lot for development.
Oxfam-Novib is the main funder of the DFD Platform so his provocative opening led to some debate.

Wim Stoffers

Even more provocative proved Mr.Stoffers statement that migrants are not necessarily suited to do development work in their native countries, basically because they have often grown apart from their soil. “There is no special role for migrants in development.”

Wim Stoffers

Grace Cabactulan of DFD responded to these critical remarks in a most elegant way: “You can’t question love. You cannot quantify affection.”

In the end they agree that you can organize it better, so affection becomes more effective.

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.


“Who knows where we are, when we are here?”

a view from the Worldhouse hosting M2M Radio, Nieuwe Herengracht 20

The next campaign:

Welcome Ahmed Issa!

Ramadan Mubarak!

After the trial of last week, the verdict will be pronounced on September 3rd at 1,30 p.m.. Guilty or innocent? That’s the question for the judges. But according to the Dutch alien law Ahmed Issa is still a sans-papier, an irregular migrant. So he may be transferred to the detention complex to be deported after all. What’s at stake here?

  • What did the Schiphol People have to say after the trial? The Balie Conference, August 14
  • Listen to Jo and Sakho, directors of M2M in public conspiracy with Ben.
  • Sali salutes Ahmed Issa from inside the prison at Schiphol Oost

The National Ombudsman says that the police raid on an African Party in cafe Het Vervolg (June 2007) was an abuse of power. Roy of  All Included and Regina of the African Roots Movement give us their story and their comment. Hello Nigeria! Hello Zuid-Oost!

M2M Radio joined the Kerwin Memorial on Thursday evening in the Vondelpark at the Mama Baranca statue. Kerwin Duinmeijer was knifed 26 years ago and left bleeding to death by cab drivers.