Together, we sat around the small heater as Bob, a young man in his early twenties, began talking. He told us he was originally from Gambia where he went to school and played football. Though he didn’t seem very interested in talking about his old life, I couldn’t blame him. He vividly told us about his disappointment toward a country that has rejected him in every imaginable way. He seemed pained by the fact that we dó take care of our cats and dogs, but weren’t at all interested as to whether he lived or died. The conditions Samba’s group were living in was clear evidence of this, the garage provided almost no shelter from the bitter cold nor the harsh wind; obviously there were no facilities such as toilets and showers. You could only conclude that this place is inhumane, and that this is our fault. Biggie, also from Gambia, told us he had been living as a construction worker in Libya due to unemployment issues in Gambia. When he had to flee Libya in the aftermath of Gaddafi’s downfall, everything was taken from him. Samba explained to us that before refugees are put into boats which cross the Mediterranean Sea, smugglers would strip them of their money, phones and passports. Even if you did survive the journey, you’d enter Europe without any documentation nor any means of survival. The whole group was saddened by the way society perceived their presence in the Netherlands, branding them as criminals and intruders instead of human beings in desperate need. Whenever the We Are Here movement squats a new building, society, politicians, journalists and the authorities only seem interested in evicting them as soon as possible, neglecting the fact that these abandoned buildings are their only available shelter. All they want, is to be able to live a decent human life, and all they need is a society and political system that lets them. Nothing more. Biggie told us he and the others are full of energy, willing to work, if only they were allowed. Whenever possible, he would work in construction again. It was too dark, but I imagine he said it with a smile on his face.