Borders wihout wires and walls
By Tina Cubrilo
President of Fijet Croatia
At its very foundation in 1954 in Paris, FIJET said NO to any kind of separation among peoples and countries. The founding fathers raised their voices for freedom of travel, for tolerance and peace. On this platform, FIJET gathered reporters, journalists, writers from across the globe. With the collapsed Berlin Wall and the creation of EU, we thought no more walls or wires in Europe would ever be erected! Unfortunately, we were wrong and history repeats itself: while political conflicts and wars are even worse than we could imagine,
causing millions of victims, refugees are seeking for safe heavens and better future. Those who have survived the perils of the sea have invaded European borders, while EU was completely unprepared for the situation. The member states were left alone to deal with the problem. Some of them installed barbed wire fences at their borders. Croatian neighbors, Hungary and Slovenia are among them. Officially, Europe is still silent.
FIJET Croatia calls its Slovenian and other FIJET colleagues to publicly and clearly shout NO to the barbed wire at the Croatian-Slovenian and other European borders. As a humanist and a tourist journalist, I have to cry out loud “NO” to barbed wire fences against people who try to save their own lives!