Q. WHAT IS refocus media labs?
A. refocus media labs is an evolution of our original platform for refugee stories- 1976km. What started out as a mere social media platform to help refugees share their stories has become a media skills foundation. OUR MISSION IS TO train refugees in modern media creation skills and provide them with professional opportunities for creative growth. We also aim to change PUBLIC OPINION THROUGH DIRECT EXPOSURE TO THE REALITIES FACED BY THOSE STRUGGLING TO SECURE ASYLUM SINCE REACHING EUROPE. THERE IS NOT A SINGLE REFUGEE NARRATIVE. ONLY BY LISTENING TO AND EMBRACING REFUGEES AS EQUALS WILL WE ENSURE THEIR VOICES ARE HEARD, THEIR STORIES ARE FELT AND THEIR FUTURES SECURED.
Q. what does our original name -1976km- mean?
A. Our initial name- 1976km- calls attention to the minimum distance traveled by refugees to reach Europe as well as the year the United Nations ratified international laws regarding civil and political rights of refugees.
REFUGEES FROM SCORES OF NATIONS HAVE TRAVELED AT LEAST 1,976KM TO REACH MAINLAND EUROPE. MILLIONS HAVE TRAVELED CONSIDERABLY FURTHER, AND THOUSANDS HAVE DIED EACH YEAR IN A LAST DITCH ATTEMPT AT SECURING BASIC HUMAN RIGHTS AND A FIGHTING CHANCE FOR A PURPOSEFUL FUTURE.
Also, ON MARCH 23, 1976 THE INTERNATIONAL COVENANT ON CIVIL AND POLITICAL RIGHTS WAS RATIFIED INTO ENFORCEABLE LAW. THIS COVENANT FURTHERED THE PREVIOUSLY ESTABLISHED UNIVERSAL DECLARATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS (DECEMBER 10, 1948), WHICH RECOGNIZED THE EQUAL AND INALIENABLE RIGHTS OF ALL MEMBERS OF THE HUMAN FAMILY UPON A FOUNDATION OF FREEDOM, JUSTICE AND PEACE IN THE WORLD.