Southern Ends

Long-term project

Horgos Europe's Southern Gate, the closest settlement to the Serbian-Hungarian border and also the edge of the Schengen territory. The majority of its population is "Vojvodina Hungarian". Their attachment to the land means the survive, and the Subotica-Szeged railway is what is linking the two countries.
In 2015, a technical borderlock was built first in Europe here by the hungarian government, to hold up refugees. The result of the border closed, that the refugees and the locals were trapped here. The disorderly situation had a negative impact on everyone's life: Starving and tired refugees, desperate locals, ruined farms, and finally the closed railways.As local "Vojvodina Hungarian" say, "After the Yugoslav Wars, history has gone through us, again."
What happened to the people here and the border lock that changed people's lives?The migration crisis has been ongoing for many years and a people-centered settlement of the situation is still unsolved. Nations and cultures who are strangers to each other meet in a continued fierce situation.The insecurity and hopelessness of both the locals and refugees creates tension and overstrains the conflicts...
“One night I dreamed I was again a traffic controller like I was in the last 10 years every day.The waiting room was filled with the laughter of children, the excited expectation of mothers and fathers: I see the moments of hopes, hugs and kisses.
Missing the railway. When cleaning the toilets of the border crossing, it is rarely possible to hear laughings of childs.”said Piroska, the former traffic-controller at Horgos train station
The 150-year-old Subotica-Szeged railway line and stations were closed in 2015. The last free passage of the technical boundary lock was closed by a freight train wagon reinforced with a steel frame holding a seven-row blade.
“We took the dogs to the ground. One night we received an anonymous phone call. We were threatened that if we didn't close our dogs, somebody would end up in trouble. So it was happened.Then I decided to check on the land and they called me to go home because “Rózsika” had collapsed beside the garden pin.By the time I got home and the rescuers got there, they couldn't help her… was too late.She died of a heart attack. He could not bear to be helpless and our economy, our life's work destroy day by day.
I sacrificed my wife for the ground.”
said Steven, the old farmer. One of the farmers, whose fruit ground is near the border.
“Wildlife is not interested in the fence and their nationality.They just looking for home, shelter. And if we hunt them, they flee.Now there is a fence. Now they doesn't come, and no place to escape.But others comes, yes.
During a hunt, we almost shot a refugee. Something was moving between the bushes, my god I thought it is a wild rabbit. We should shoot those because they are damages farmers' crops.”
said Joseph Erdélyi, who worked as a official hunter.
“Walking 2700 km (1600 miles), during six months. And why? For a better life for my family. How could forget the bombs, bullets, shouts and screams? How could forget the cold nights in the forests? How could forget the hopeless and fear?Now I have no chance and nothing to lose. Day to day, I try and try again and again to across the border. They beat me, spit me, shut me up. But I will try again, because it is better than the DAES.”
said Abrah the carpenter, from Qamishli, Syria.

Short story of Qamishli from 2011: Syrian Civil War and the Rojava conflict. War- and political games. The USA, Russia, Iran, Israel, Turkey. Paramilitary groups. Everyday bombing. Car bombing. Islamic state. Riots. Kurdish-turkish conflict. The land of death and hate.
“Here we are alone. And we have to fight for ourselves. This was the case during the NATO bombing also. Whatever happens, we are the nearest people to the border, and we are quickly in the scope of target cross. Therefore I want to hide my name and face...If we want to protect our estate, we have to do it ourselves.”
a Vojvodina businessman from Horgos