Hawa’s Story: Disabled by war, judged fit to work by the Department for Work and Pensions

Badly injured in an explosion in Mogadishu, Hawa fled war to build a life in the UK. I was introduced to her by Sue Noel at Brixton Advice Centre, who has been advocating for her in her fight with the Department for Work and Pensions. She talked to me about what had brought her to … Continue reading Hawa’s Story: Disabled by war, judged fit to work by the Department for Work and Pensions

Refugees and asylum seekers in Lambeth – the people for whom there “isn’t a safety net to fall through”

The South London Refugee Association has been helping refugees, asylum seekers and vulnerable migrants since the early 1990s. Over the last seven months I’ve spent time at their Balham drop in centre and Streatham HQ, meeting their clients and helping to produce My Life in South London for Refugee Week in the process. I talked … Continue reading Refugees and asylum seekers in Lambeth – the people for whom there “isn’t a safety net to fall through”

My Life in South London – an experiment in collaborative storytelling

This week is Refugee Week. Over the last few months, I’ve been working with South London Refugee Association to produce a photography project with their clients – which we launched yesterday. While the project itself is not about austerity, it enabled me to explore ethical issues that have been troubling me since I first embarked … Continue reading My Life in South London – an experiment in collaborative storytelling