Migration is something our ancestors have done for thousands of years, we’ve travelled to where conditions are favourable. Though with modern day hard borders, lives of migrating parties have suffered and may become victims of struggle, racism and prejudice.
For anyone within the Asylum System, they are often there with sacrifice and personal loss, and in search of better conditions and freedoms; individuals will be housed and processed in a system that can take a number of years. (Refugee Action report)
I’ve become aware of the journey that many take over the last few years, volunteering at a Day Centre for Asylum Seekers; (I’m involved in a gardening group, singing circles and mindfulness practices). My personal sense, articulated by a friend I sat with a for a meal at the centre was that, this journey was emotionally possible because of the people who offered their support along the way. Retelling a story from childhood in Syria, they told me, “it takes a thousand hands”.
This sharing space is for any thoughts you may have about migration, movement, ideas of immigration; as a reminder, please personal sharings/ links that you have found interesting.
Id like to start with another. I sat with my friend Ahmadzia who kindly agreed to re tell his story of migration from Afghanistan. Ahmadzia is also the subject of this short film