One of our team, Sue Clayton, has launched a new website telling the stories of separated young people in the UK, exploring their journeys here; life in the UK; and the vexed issue of how their futures will play out as they pass the landmark age of 18.
Big Journeys, Untold Stories brings together for the first time the filming that Sue has done with these young people over the past eleven years. In many cases it records these stories longitudinally, allowing for deeper insights into how they deal with the challenges of moving alone to a new environment and culture, and generating new identities as they move into UK life and adulthood.
She filmed with young people from Sudan, Eritrea, Afghanistan and Iraq. When one young man, Hamedullah, was deported back to Afghanistan she gave him a video camera so that he could record what happened – and let us see if it is really safe to return as the Home Office claims. The resulting film Hamedullah: The Road Home was nominated for a One World Award and won Best Documentary at LIFF. It was submitted to the Parliamentary Select Committee on the Human Rights of Migrant Children, and Sue has been active ever since in trying to change the policy on the forcible removal of young people to war zones. She wants Big Journeys, Untold Stories to be a home for all the stories and experiences of these young people, who are so often ignored or disbelieved – and a way of exploring who they are, what their stories have made them – and with our help, what they can be in the future.
If you are interested in supporting this site, or sharing the material please contact Sue. She can also be contacted on research issues and web content information. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org and phone: 07944 956516
Photograph credits: Marcia Chandra