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tv   Close up - Border Rebels - Saving Refugees in the French Alps  Deutsche Welle  April 10, 2018 7:15am-7:45am CEST

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the poorest of the poor in poor countries parted railing education they are demanding good quality education for their children got caught what it was and also realize that if they have to have good quality programs to good quality consumers they need to look quality skilled workforce i'm very confident that in two thousand and fifty no child or no i very thrilled a man illiterate that is the fundamental human rights that is the divine right which the nature of the god has given to us and those rules all of this legend of it the right to love those who are struggling over the right to freedom dead against nature of that against dog.
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missile that there were if there's four of them they're crossing the border now we've got to go or list them. all the way of doing nothing. ok trying in the alps on the border between france and italy she leaps an n.t. and two other french volunteers set out to rescue refugees and all the border police are going to get the feel of. the place to feel. normal as are they usually come from that direction jericho both lose his or her own what are the macair full those noble bills belong to the border police ok but all that i don't know many anyone who helps refugees risks a jail sentence and hefty fines. are the scum of the we're willing to take the risk. that's not as important as the lives of these people. you could particularly to see them.
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to us at least with a book it's not as important human life has no price tag that's what i believe. it's daybreak phillips and brings a family of illegal immigrants into his home but the eighteen year old young woman doesn't want to be filmed. the small family managed to escape over the snowy peaks in the cover of night with a fourteen month old baby fifty two year old felipe offers them shelter a bed some food and something to drink from a remote. area. for his wife supports him but she doesn't have any time to help. right now the
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kindergarten teacher is the only breadwinner in the family now. that's one of. the. phillipe studied computer science and lives with his wife and their fourteen year old son in the village of live in years he built the house himself now he works in the mountains as a technician but not during the winter. some people in living years support the right wing fallenness united party but in this small village with two hundred ninety inhabitants those eager to help are still in the majority. after last night's hardships the baby has caught a cold or her mother is already pregnant with her next child phillipe will help them through the red tape ahead of them but their chances of being allowed to stay in france legally are slim. but these helpers have turned a blind eye to the long they don't see legal or illegal they only see humans or
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that you think we're number one we're being punished for saving them. and still there are two neighbors over there actively involved in aiding refugees percentage being instructors. behind us lives a retired farmer i think you know. he used to work in the mountains now why on. earth deval mamma said us as a young couple with children of the mother is currently on maternity leave the father is also asking instructor. in the mountains everyone helps each other philip says that's how it's always been this seems to hold true although along the border between france and italy she leap is on his way to the next small town playing on song. even the town's
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mayor is a member of the border rebel movement philip tells us he set up a sanctuary for refugees and local police have orders to stay away. but destroyed their psyche i decided to earn less so that i can help you and your need to pay less summer time i will have to go back to work if you really believe that i won't be able to do this anymore and christmas us about the sleep. each night a new refugees arrive and each day villagers from play in song and nearby villages come to help them. the sanctuary was opened in twenty seventeen and has helped over two thousand refugees since. the refugees are registered to document the helpers work and enable them to receive financial support from the community. a team of doctors take turns providing medical aid in their spare time everyone is
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needed here even filipe has to pitch in. and one woman who crossed the border last night is eight months pregnant she doesn't feel well. still am i just said once it was. the most the baby gate of the world for you and threw it over if you walk you will. walk little. rather than a splitter if you have to do it. for her but. i would hear. what the doctor said.
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if he decides to take her to the hospital. her frightened husband stays behind at the century. on the way he tells us that he had to drive the father of the young family he had taken into the emergency room late last night he received emergency surgery and is now recovering at the same hospital. bed near the phone never stops ringing it's too much too much. it's all fair what are we to do. there's a fear there's more and more each day dawned on me. and it's wonder now. that stop some of them from coming and i thought that if of them but what about in the
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springtime. the part the hope i don't. i think we're in for a tsunami of migrants if nothing happens by then. the bottom here any third snow. philip thinks it's high time the government finally took responsibility for the refugees. the motion of a high mountain pass the peak to the right straddles the border between france and italy there are ski resorts on both sides and a manned border post at its base. but the border police operates throughout the entire mountain range the refugees almost always come at night. on the italian side lies. they arrive here and in other small towns along the border by train mostly from southern
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italy. to hold all this refugee doesn't want to talk about why he wants to go to france you know what do they know about this route. this young man claims he was heading onto terrain with and that's where he just came from or the homes. there are a few controls on the italian side. that evening fifteen refugees arrived in a neighboring village
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a bottleneck yeah. those who survived the torture camps in libya and managed to cross the mediterranean won't let anything stop them one will speak with us. he will continue on foot which direction to france that's all our fault discover. why france. all falls over water france because we're sick of answering it but it we can't get any papers here at the foot of. it's thirty two kilometers from here to the motion f. a pass and the french border. there at one thousand eight hundred meters above sea level the french border police sit in their checkpoint equipped with infrared cameras. back at the
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sanctuary in place just like almost every evening the helpers are getting ready to go marauding as they jokingly call it as if they were canvassing for customers. phillipe is coordinating the mission he and two others a skiing instructor and a mountain guide are heading out to search for refugees the other two i wish to remain anonymous because i think about that i keep some even set out for over twenty kilometers away in this fog and with this humidity that. it often snows and today the wind is blowing over from italy co-hosts it if indeed they risk losing a limb to frostbite maybe they don't have any gloves and people their ears and faces are unprotected and so are their feet because they crossed the pass just wearing sneakers. and for all. of. the what phil it's sometimes we find them when they already have hypothermia because they got
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lost in the snow will go we have three rescue blankets with us we're here to make sure they don't freeze to death over there. the sun a derrick t. net as they call their operation she even has its own phone number the refugees know and it's given to them in italy. in a bid to come up and we just received an emergency call we're going to try and locate them and see how they are and bring them to pray also. that about not. come upon that of those we need to dress warm to where there was. a good.
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order to even work you have or will leave a car near the border. with the new look for them in italy as well good news. so be it the settlement the refuse. she's don't know where they are they're unfamiliar with the area she leapt checks if they took the last bus from works there's no one in sight if you will point you go check the tunnel it will meet at the parking lot that's all. they continue on to get an italian village directly at the border. they have clothing and warm shoes ready for the refugees so they don't freeze if the police pursue them and they have to flee to the mountains. they could be hiding anywhere. because it wasn't
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good and the vendor must be a felon others we found some migrants here before. us your father with the offer you may not but. you know that you're going. to guess that the rest of it's a good thing for them the garage door is open. but it's all the other way here or it's worn out after the very first thing in.
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the thoughts of all to kill. the main street in luke's sometimes the refugees walk along here. the volunteers also want to warn them about the deep snow in the mountains on either side of the border. nothing. they had back to the french side and keep looking. is worried they got lost. the best. for. me she was not there not hard to sand the snow even the police had an easy time arrest on the other side to schama she thought. everything. would. be good. to.
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go to northern border they usually come from that direction to see a little of what going on on your side of the day for example that the snowball has gone to the border police of the local careful of carriers of this particular server. are there any refugees on the slopes. they ask here. nothing. they receive another call. not a thought on what on earth can you hear me i thought you want oh. ok yes i can hear you when at the bus stop. who that where in france oriental in the thirty. in france of course the france good ball how many of you are there were that the only thought. that if you remove my behind
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a mound of snow and there. now they think they know where they can find the refugees. it. goes on ahead apparently there are two more refugees. who. if the police catch them now with refugees in their car they could go to jail for up to five years and be fined up to thirty thousand euros. are you cold there's a bag in the back to square one talk with one drinks. the other girl do push up.
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the third helper also drove ahead to scout for police will have to wait for the all clear majority or all four of the workers with. no hopes of taking you to pray to the sanctuary to be created. what's the name. the place where you found us of motion left. behind.
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now they're safe refugees and helpers alike. working. for the two young men from the train station looks on also here including the one who claimed to be heading for tour in. the phillip gives instructions for the next nineteen mission. was a tour of all those euro zone and. the helpers don't ask any questions except for where they want to travel on to once they've regained their strength. in the world and. i don't. want to nominate hollow. point. will. they contact friends or relatives to tell them the good news about the love. of all
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the you know the art of war. do their activities make the helpers human traffickers you know you want these young to know we want to accept any money that you can hear but traffickers do. that for the in the hours that were there have always been traffickers during the war and smugglers to. the p.c. but if we want to make sure they don't suffer from. ossified or die in the if they come either way but even in winter through a. dr who the fuck can you feel it when i press here. no no i put on two pairs of socks to. under those who have already been here for a few days make the beds for the newcomers already over the. border over into. i don't know much as it is often not often without our help they die here in the
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mountains with you if you're from sure in the spring we'll find that bodies but i don't hear the. moving on. the next day philip takes the young man from mali to the train station she wants to join his parents in a heresy says. the sanctuary pays for the train tickets from donations sometimes the police arrest refugees on the train and send them back to italy but then they just come back to try again and the game of cat and mouse starts all over again. on the author of the. the community also makes this house available for refugees remember. million sure phillips neighbor has been taking care of mama during a refugee from l.a. for the past year. the
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filmmaker and her husband a tour operator help. he's been through ten years of terrible suffering the dream of living in europe cost him both feet they froze while he was escaping across the mountains and had to be amputated his friend lost both his hands with isn't that ironic of history if you consider that. philip is on the road again this time he's bringing warm clothes to a small hut on the same pass where mamadou is accident happened. today just as it was back then the coalition pass is closed due to avalanche warnings. you know we were wearing sneakers we left at three pm. by the time we reach the mountain it was already getting dark we couldn't see
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a thing. we didn't know where the street was there was so much snow it went all the way out to our chests. on the t.v. at the top we reached a tunnel but it was closed off we had to jump into the snow drifts on the slopes to reach the other side. we spent the entire night in a snow and trying. to learn my hands and feet hurt. there where we had fallen into the snow we tried to move up though it was as if we were swimming in the snow. i made it up and told my friend to give me his backpack . i just base things out to not add them together. he took a hold of that and i pulled him out by that point but he couldn't stand any moment this although he didn't know me do they diminish.
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the preacher piece when i put his arm over my shoulder to carry him along but there was too much snow we couldn't get ahead. i put my right foot in the snow then my left foot and pulled in behind me. then he said to me listen if you leave then you'll make it and can save me too. if you can said what maybe you're right there with it did work the television. disc on this. point where the mountain slopes down to break i saw a woman with a sled. she help me reach the street or i stopped the car and asked the driver to turn the heater all the way up. but that hurt so bad that the driver asked me where i wanted to go i said to a train station i want to go to paris to meet him that he let me out.
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to only made it as far as the hospital but he still managed to get help for his friend. and. there are still some food left but i'd best add more. is there enough one clothing enough matches and firewood and blankets and candles. here some cereal bars. a piece of. just like back then the refugees still come over the closed pass this is where mamadou started stumbling and could no longer feel his feet to the limits a live in him ever made the doctor came and said ok we have to amputate your feet
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or it's all over. so first they amputated my toes and then the entire front all the way up to my ankles and his two little. more of him had to get him out after what happened to mama do the people here started organizing rescue missions every day so that nobody else would get lost and no one else would share his fate that. filipe is checking another hut. well they're doing everything they can to save lives there is a constant hunt for refugees going on in the mountains phillips says.
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the police even search for refugees in the hospitals is unusual look look police even the police came to the hospital they want to do is see if i was feeling better so they could send me back to italy you know when he's in poverty but the second day they came again. three weeks they didn't let me out of their sight on the possum an awful lot for the party in france and europe are actually supposed to protect them but instead they hunt them as if they were game. they even called in the army made that oh no it looked like a war zone here if things don't go. above between songs on the road to mosul never. at the break of day the first refugee. they had overlooked him last night is he crossing in broad daylight out of bravery or because he can't stand the cold any longer.
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fifteen kilometer still lie ahead of him on his way to play in song and it's freezing cold outside and surely. it's impossible to approach him he's too afraid later he says he's sixteen years old and from mali. philip had asked us to notify him in case we found a refugee. he says he'll drive out immediately. but a different car stops to give the young man a left. everyone in place knows the sanctuary will help. but the driver doesn't want to be
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