I am the foster carer of an unaccompanied asylum seeking minor. I believe that telling the stories of individual people will do more to educate people than lecturing on human rights or similar. I am optimist and believe in the ability of the human being to be touched by the experiences of others and the innate urge to want to help and ease suffering.
I've known many young asylum seekers who have been left in limbo by the Home Office until the court of appeal has granted them the safety that comes with being recognised as a refugee. This has included young adults wrongly detained by the Home Office until they were freed when scrutinised by the courts. Very few people who are detained have their cases looked at by the courts. The UK is the only country in Europe that detains asylum seekers without a time limit even though they are not criminals. This policy, which is conducted in our name, causes terrible harm to real people. We must each do all that we can to make it come to an end. Making this film is a step toward this.
It is really important to keep the plight of refuges in the spotlight. We are all human and the more we share the reasons why people end up In these situations and how they are treated, hopefully the more we can break down the perception that they are not us. We are all human. What if the refugee was you?
Totally moved by the stories of refugees. Totally ashamed that those detention practices happen in our country in our name. Totally loved hosting the Day 4 walk and performance. And totally humbled by the humanity and hope of people who have been treated appallingly badly, yet rebuilt lives and have love for others.