The asylum process can be extremely complicated, and every asylum seeker's journey through it is unique, although common themes may be shared. So, after speaking to Sam, and with involvement, we developed his asylum story into a map. Mapping appealed to us as a tool that would allow us to condense a lot of information while capturing his extraordinary journey, as well as a way to communicate the realities of the asylum process in contemporary Britain. Illustrating life narratives into maps also more easily allows us to compare one journey to another, and to spot common themes and key milestones across different stories. Most importantly, we believe that by taking a moment to step back and see the bigger picture, we can hopefully better contextualise the person and the issue at hand, and look inside the often stereotypes and assumptions that accompany labels like 'asylum seeker', 'refugee', 'migrant' 'illegals' etc. Below is Sam's asylum pathway map.
We are currently looking for: Someone to donate web design time and skills to help Aloysius develop his website for Say it Loud Club . This is a fantastic opportunity to play a direct role in helping a refugee-run charity improve its outreach and online presence. A new/second hand bicycle for Sam to get around town. Public transport is expensive! A gym membership for Sam- he'd love to get back into the gym, and has a lot of time on his hands currently as he's not able to work. Any kind pro bono orgs that feel they could help here please holler. You can text/ phone Emma (web admin) on (+44) 0770 3138740 or email to get in touch.