For the International Remembrance Day for people who have died in the war of drugs, Deutsche AIDS-Hilfe, together with German network of People Who Use Drugs (JES) organised an event in Berlin to remember those who have passed away and to advocate for a better drug policy in the country and worldwide. People who use drugs, social workers and human rights activists came together to show negative impact of drug war on human lives. The organizers demonstrated with a self-designed 10m long banner, which showed with large painted crosses, how many PWUD have died in Berlin in 2016.
Speakers raised attention to the fact that drug users also have a right to human dignity, as any other person. A speech made by the representative of newly established group of Russian-speaking drug users – BerLUN, inspired the crowd. At the end, everyone could leave their personal thoughts, or just write down on a big banner a name of a friends/family member/person died in the war on drugs.