The first week introduced the project and began a discussion that involved the young people talking about the unfair treatment they have received as refugees. They discussed how misleading stories in the media influenced societies’ beliefs. The young people also expressed their frustration about people’s real lack of knowledge on immigration. They shared first hand experiences of discrimination.
They were however, really positive in using this platform to help other refugees who might be struggling in settling in a new country. This is especially necessary bearing in mind all the negative media attention surrounding the issue. They are hopeful in making a difference by bringing awareness without feeling exposed.
The underline message from the session was loud and clear. They feel society shouldn’t be treating people differently, just because they have experienced real trauma, that led them to flee from their own country.
Below, some pictures about how we were scanning their faces.