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Esther Ortiz

Periodista digital especializada en Cultura y Relaciones Internacionales, entendiendo la primera como la variedad de expresiones políticas y sociales que se generan en un contexto concreto. Gestora cultural de proyectos locales de desarrollo comunitario. Activista por el derecho a un empleo y a una vivienda digna en varios colectivos ciudadanos.

At one time walls were built to protect the city from looters, invaders and others threats. Globalization has meant more barriers for people but less control on financial flows.

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Historically the city was walled in to be protected (such as the Roman civité, the African fenced villages or the Latin American cities in post-Columbian era) The Berlin wall fall, the USSR disintegration and then globalization heralded a “total free world” without walls. However, they have been endlessly built especially after September 11th.

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Currently walls stop migratory movements from South to North, split communities involved in deep-rooted conflicts and separate world areas in steady tension and weapons race. The wall divides “security” from “insecurity”, “salvation” from “chaos”, “we” from “the others”. On the other hand it may be a place for proposals and claims.

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Claiming is the key step, especially in migratory field as well as its cause and the violation of migrant people rights. Other important point is bringing up those-legal and illegal- business around border controls or conflicts areas.

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By its own definition, a wall divides or delimits a place. Most the times that implies either splitting whole families or hampering the day-to-day routine up to become it a real nightmare. Sometimes is the difference between life and death; open water swimming, or thousands of miles on foot.

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In the 80s the word wall was referred to the division of the Western World into two hostile blocks or to apparently unsolvable conflicts such as Northern Ireland’s where the walls still remain. In 2014 the work is synonymous with conflicts, world divisions (developed/underdeveloped countries) and their consequences.
Autor/a: RNE public broadcaster, Países en conflicto radio show
Fuente: RNE
Tipo: Web 
Idioma: Spanish
Fecha: 29 April 2013
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Just in the European Union 12,000 people died trying to get to “Paradise”.