Storytelling is a powerful tool that allows us to take a walk in someone else’s shoes and help us understand that there is more that unites us than divide us. Telling the stories of people from refugee backgrounds is vital to improve the understanding of their experiences, change the narrative and eventually mobilise action in support of those seeking sanctuary. Social media and digital platforms have opened up new channels through which the voices of refugees can be amplified, but representation often swings between portrayals of refugees as a threat or as hopeless, helpless victims. Empowering refugees to tell their own stories is crucial in changing that narrative.
What makes storytelling ethical and effective, and how can we contribute to a fair and balanced representation of refugees and displaced people? To find out more, join the event with award-winning photographer Robin Hammond organised in partnership by the International Organization for Migration (IOM), IMIX and Witness Change, on Wednesday 16th June, 3-4pm, as part of this year’s Refugee Week festival.