University students from Granada visit Barrio Vivo to learn about the socio-economic reality of Campo de Gibraltar

About twenty young university students visited the headquarters of the Anti-Drug Coordinator living neighborhood in Algeciras where they were briefed by its president, Miguel Alberto Díazthe socio-economic situation of Campo de Gibraltar, the region’s relations with Gibraltar, as well as the objectives of the NGO in the field of support and prevention against drug addiction.

Fourth year students of the Degree Course in Geography and Territorial Management of University of Granada They were accompanied by professors Luis Miguel Sánchez and Aída Pinos. The young people were of British, French, Italian, German, Romanian and Spanish nationality.

This delegation, which had gone to Gibraltar the day before, where it held meetings with various authorities, heard in Algeciras, very interestedthrough the mouth of Miguel Alberto Díaz, the alternative and complementary story of the territorial, industrial reality, of local resources, of the environmental scope and of the social and economic specificities existing in the region.

butterfly Effect

The president of Barrio Vivo, who was supported by the technique of the NGO Maria Luisa Albadescribed this sector as “exciting”, but at the same time “complicated”, where, as he added, “we have always experienced a good neighborly situation on both sides of the fence. He spoke of a privileged situation from an environmental and strategic point of view, as a gateway between Europe and Africa: “We are in best site, but this also gives us weaknesses.” He gave as an example, based on the “butterfly Effect”, that whatever happens on the other side of the world affects the area in some way.

An area that hosts “il port most important in the Mediterranean, but with a nineteenth-century railway”, or a industry, which was installed following the closure of the Gate, but which “was born as part of the story of a death foretold, contributing to an unplanned economy”. He mentioned very low wages ea historic structural unemploymentwhich resulted in an alternative economy, that of the smugglingin which Gibraltar has always had significant activity.

hostile territory

Diaz, who lamented watching “hostile territory” which is sometimes held from outside the region, defended that “we who live here, despite everything, want to continue living here and are fighting to solve our problems”. Among them, she referred to anti-drug movement created, first in La Línea and in the San Roque station, and later in Algeciras, with the establishment of the Barrio Vivo, with a history of 32 years old already behind him. All this to try to face and support many families affected in the late 80s and early 90s by so many deaths of young consumers, above all heroinin what he considered an outright “genocide”.

Cannabis, heroin, cocaine, narcoeconomics, money laundering, cover deals, which attracted and continue to attract those “young people who considered themselves economically disadvantaged and who were looking for an easy life”. He also mentioned the new drugs: the pills, with which you try to earn more and more money. Díaz stressed to university students that “drugs lack social class”, drawing attention to the idea that “nobody controls it” and that it is “a nuclear bomb for families”.

leisure alternatives

In response to the numerous questions that were posed to him, the president of Barrio Vivo reported on the coordinator’s treatment and prevention objectives, among which the one to contribute leisure and leisure alternativeswhere culture plays an essential role: theatre, dance… wife abuse or homophobia”. The NGO deals with people from other groups and, at the same time, refers them to other institutions.

He also mentioned the mental health impaired by drugs, also referring to cannabis, those “psychotic breaks”, job loss… He regretted wanting to “frivolize” with this problem. He spoke of “police corruption” and “jamming” suffered by the judicial system drug trafficking cases. He explains that a Platform has been created, made up of police associations and trade unions, to claim more means technical and personal, complaining of cases in which drug traffickers seek “legal exits” to avoid prison “and we are talking about increasingly younger people who are giving impetus to the rule of law”. He stressed that despite “the bad reputation of this region, many times we do not talk about the conflicts that drug trafficking causes in the Costa del Sol”.

He drew attention to the growing number of suicides or suicide attempts, referring to the states of loneliness, isolation, misunderstanding from which many girls and boys suffer. You talked about the mobilebut also of online games, of which Gibraltar has a lot to say. He also mentioned the presence of drug trafficking in the Colony, a territory from which he highlighted the fact that in front of 30,000 inhabitants there are 40,000 companies and that “although it is true that the legislation of Gibraltar is very tough on drug trafficking”, it’s also a reality What”tax haven”.

offer life

Miguel Alberto Díaz explained that the commitment of Barrio Vivo is offer life and that thanks to the funding of the National Drug Plan, the Provincial Council, various entities and partners, they can offer “quality to first-rate consumers”. He particularly appreciated the work of the volunteers and technicians, most of whom were women.

Both young people and teachers thanked for your attention and the extensive information gathered during your visit to the Barrio Vivo headquarters.

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