In these difficult times, our thoughts are with Ukraine’s civilian population and we stand with them in calling for peace. We are strongly condemning any forms of armed conflicts and are calling for humanitarian aid efforts to be supported in order to support and protect the civilian population in the Ukraine.
We urge you to show solidarity with Ukraine’s civil society and have compiled some tips on how you can demonstrate your support.
1) Be informed
We have compiled a list of insightful documentaries for you to contextualize the conflict: Films
2) Support independent and reliable journalism and only share reliable sources
Journalists are under severe pressure from Russia and urgently require your support to continue their independent journalism. We recommend the information provided by Reporters Without Borders about the current situation and how you can support journalists on the ground: Link
Pay particular attention to the origin of the information when it comes to content on social media.
4) Unterstützen Sie Ukrainische Filmschaffene:
In the last few days we have received urgent requests for support from filmmaker friends from Ukraine. Many of them want to stay and show the world with their pictures what is happening in their country. In order to be able to pursue their work, they urgently need protective equipment - especially helmets + protective vests of protection class SK4 (set price approx. € 1500.-) as well as various technical equipment and paramedic backpacks. more information on the page of the Deutschen Filmakademie.
5) Support refugees
Of course, for many Ukrainians, the threat of full-scale war is driving them to seek safety in neighbouring countries. We need to welcome them and provide them with reliable infrastructure. A good way is to support local welcoming organisations. Here a list of local organizations in Berlin: Tagesspiegel
6) Join a peace protest
Joining a peaceful protest is a very effective way to show solidarity with the civilian population and to stand for democracy. You can also urge local politicians to take action and to keep the borders open for people seeking refuge.
Even before the escalation of the current conflict, 2.9 million people were reliant on humanitarian aid. If the fighting continues, there is a threat of a humanitarian catastrophe, the likes of which we have not seen in Europe for decades. Support Action Against Hunger’s emergency fund for people affected in Ukraine now: Aktion gegen den Hunger