Refugees turn dinghies in order to bags: “I found myself with a boat, but it doesn’t feel foreign’

The Berlin non-profit organization Mimycri allows refugees employ to rubber boats to be recycled to bags and other accessories.


Germany is home to more than a million migrants from the Middle East, Africa and Central Asia: an issue that the governing coalition of chancellor Angela Merkel to the test. Nora Azzaoui and Vera Guenther founded, therefore, the German non-profit organization Mimycri: thus, they want to create jobs for the newcomers.

Worn-out dinghy to hip bags

The newcomers transform worn vluchtelingenboten to new hand and backpacks. On Mimycri’s workshop in Berlin meet Ali carefully a big piece of rubber on a werplank, for he expertly into a bag manufactures. Work with the worn rubber dinghies he doesn’t find strange. “Sometimes I think: I found myself with a boat. But no, it doesn’t feel strange’, he says to Reuters.

The founders came in the summer of 2015 with their idea when they worked as volunteers to help refugees on the Greek island of Chios aanstrandden. “We want to create jobs for the people who are new come, and their talents would develop,” says Guenther to Reuters.

The founders Nora Azzaoui and Vera Guenther © REUTERS

Strandafval cleaning

Environmental groups warn that the plastic waste of life jackets and dinghies that migrants after crossing the river to leave is often a forgotten issue. “We want the plastic waste on the beaches in Greece is found. We can manufacture up to brand new hand and backpacks, ” says Guenther.

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