This arrived a little bit late – but we thought you’d like to know about it.
The 5000 mile book launch took place on Wednesday, 29th of November at Square Chapel Arts Centre in Halifax 11-12.30.
The book is about 2 boys from Afghanistan- who walked alone at 13 from Afghanistan over several months, via many countries to reach United Kingdom.
Verddegris has been working weekly with the boys who are now 15 and will be present; by painting, listening, singing to hear and piece their story on why and how they got here and what being in UK means. You can read more here
This book (illustrated by Calderdale college students) touches on many themes around being an asylum seeker or refugee including unaccompanied minor, risks, migration system,separation from family and loved ones, longing for home, identity, language, culture, resilience, support and many more.
‘Like so much of our work this project focuses on bringing people together to celebrate similarities not difference – to explore what we can learn from each other and to focus on human needs that we all share – connection, love, compassion’ (verddegris)
Below is a soundscape that was put together for BCB Bradford radio interview by Penny as part of the refugee week June 2017 and in support of the project.
Their mothers gave the biggest sacrifice – sending their boys 5000 miles in the hope they would reach safety and have the chance of a life, not knowing if they would make it and if they would ever see them again. It is one element of their story. It is a homage and a lament to their mums, the boys writings, singing – their words in Pashto and English.
Please listen and share with others