No respect for our work?

"I have neither respect for your work nor your mindset" - Since the publication of the ZEIT Online article of 21.08.2019 about a female doctor deployed at al-Hol Camp in North-East Syria, where mainly IS members and victims stay, among them many women and children, we read numerous comments about it. Among them are many who support this mission, but also some who do not understand this kind of help.

Where does "humanity" begin and where does it seem to end? For the upcoming event in our DEBATE! series we invite you to discuss together with Sebastian Jünemann (CADUS e.V.) and Frank Dörner (long active in humanitarian aid and sea search and rescue) about this topic.

Thursday 03.10.2019
start 20:00

From 19:00 open "consultation hour":

CADUS Crisis Response Makerspace
Holzmarktstr. 19, 10243 Berlin

Language: German, with English translation corner if needed

What ist Debate?

It is important to us not only to provide help where it is urgently needed, but also to reflect critically on humanitarian practice regularly. Therefore, we invite you every first Thursday of the month at 20:00 to a talk and discussion on a current topic of humanitarian aid.


Debate! is an evening where we can get to know each other and think about new perspectives for humanitarian aid.

Previous Events

Perspectives on humanitarian work in North-East Syria and beyond

September     We start with an update about the work of CADUS in North-East Syria. Following, Saud Al-Zaid will take a close look at the social situation in the Middle East, focussing on the question what it means to grow up in war:

Millennials at War: Understanding Intergenerationality in Middle East Conflict Zones
There are basic paradigms utilized in simplifying the Middle East, the famous ones being Sunni/Shia, Nationalist/Islamist, Arab/Persian, etc. These descriptions tend to be static, putting a seemingly timeless and essentialist stereotype to understand complicated groups of people. This talk introduces NGO workers in Middle East conflict zones to the differences in intergenerational life-stories, adding the dimension of time within the context of identity and potential self-understanding.

Humanitarian aid in a forgotten country

August     "What would you wish for the people of this country?"
During his stay in the Central African Republic, Marcel, a MSF staff member, conducted four interviews with humanitarian workers (a surgeon, a nurse, a project coordinator and a facility manager) and asked them all this question. The answer was always the same: "To have a real peace". A bloody civil war has been raging in the Central African Republic for years. The civilian population lives in constant fear. Of the approximately four and a half million inhabitants, the UNHCR estimates that more than one million are refugees inside or outside the country. A peace agreement has been in force since February 2019. Since then, however, it has repeatedly become apparent how fallacious this peace is.

Marcel-Philipp Werdier works for Doctors Without Borders in the field of digital communication. Equipped with camera and smartphone, he visited several projects of the humanitarian emergency aid organisation in the country in February of this year. Especially in Boguila, in the north of the country, he collected impressions and interviews. In his presentation, the trained journalist talks about people who take on almost unimaginable challenges in order to receive medical support. In a mixture of lecture and travel report, facts and personal impressions this evening is about humanitarian aid in one of many forgotten countries.

Report of an EMT in action - and what we as Cadus can learn from it

July     David Mühlfeld (paramedic) and Joel Velimsky (logistician) were in Mozambique in spring 2019 with the "Emergency Medical Team 1 Mobil" (EMT 1) of Johanniter International Assistance after the Cyclone Idai. In our series "Debate! Humanitarian Aid" they tell us about their experiences on the ground.

We from Cadus are especially looking forward to this talk, as we are currently working on setting up our own EMT 1 mobile for rapid deployment in disaster areas. We are interested in what went well in Mozambique and in which questions we should perhaps take a different path. We are looking forward to a stimulating discussion, and as always, our Makerspace is ready to turn ideas from experience with humanitarian work into projects.

Measuring vital parameters in crisis areas with the open source project Life Sensor

June     The Life Sensor - that is robust, repairable and inexpensive vital parameter monitoring as an open source solution. For two years now, the Berlin universities HTW and BeuthHS and the Cadus Crisis Response Makerspace have been researching, soldering, programming, and documenting it. This provides an alternative to the conventional devices, which are oriented towards economic aspects and cause problems both in regions with weak infrastructures and in humanitarian aid.

This evening we will tell you about the need for innovations such as the Life Sensor, the challenges we have faced in its implementation, and how it will continue. We look forward to hearing your own ideas and suggestions on the subject, and you are welcome to become part of the project yourself.

Open Geodata in action

May    The OpenStreetMap project is the world's largest database of freely usable geospatial information. The project has enabled more than a million people to jointly create a worldwide digital map. Particularly vulnerable areas can thus be captured for humanitarian reasons and their data can be used in the field.

Felix Delattre works for the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team, a non-profit organisation that bridges the gap between the OpenStreetMap community and aid organisations. The presentation will give an insight into how OpenStreetMap is used in this context. The presentation will be followed by an open discussion.

"What's going on at Cadus?" - Reports from the engine room

April    Between "visiting the makerspace" and hanging out full-time at Cadus, communication gaps inevitably arise. Therefore, as an introduction to our Thursday series, a report from the engine room. What is Cadus up to, what is the new project in Syria, what is on the agenda in Iraq, how far is our EMT classification, what do we as Cadus want to achieve in the future. Deep dive into the Cadus operations and the plans for 2019, and of course discussion about where and when everyone can participate.