Nedhal uses art not just as a method of recovery from trauma and pain, but as a means of showing solidarity and welcome to new arrivals, a way of connecting with people who have experience of displacement and loss, and to bridge the gap between people from different cultures, countries and generations. These are all … Continue reading ‘Behind each work there is a story of pain’: Nedhal’s art makes her happy
The Bomb Shelter by Yousif M. Qasmiyeh, University of Oxford, Refugee Hosts, and Imagining Futures The bomb shelter: The camp’s alibi for a presence susceptible to its presence The private parts of the dead, circumcised with hindsight Guts as road signs Or a map Ruins summoning ruins Ruins fornicating ruins In rows, they ululated. The bomb shelter? … Continue reading The Bomb Shelter
With a third eye, I see the catastrophe By Yousif M. Qasmiyeh, University of Oxford and Refugee Hosts [I write the secret]. On the doorstep, finding her way to the seeds that escaped her lap: Like the one who read the book, Son, read my swollen legs, another’s land. The camp happens in the distance. … Continue reading With a third eye, I see the catastrophe
In this post, Olivia Sheringham describes the Global Story Café project in the London borough of Waltham Forest. These storytelling workshops and story sharing cafés brought together migrants, asylum seekers and refugees to share stories about universal themes with the aim of reducing ‘prejudice, fear and racism and to promote equality and tolerance (through the … Continue reading Sharing stories and the quiet politics of welcome
In this post Refugee Hosts Researcher, Leonie Harsch, reflects on her soundscape of Muslim and Christian spaces in Hamra, Beirut. Harsch includes insights from interviews with members of both religious and secular communities who use these spaces for both humanitarian and religious purposes, and describes how these spaces are conceptualised by local communities. The soundscape … Continue reading Soundscape: Faith Communities in Hamra
There it is: the camp that is yet to be born by Yousif M. Qasmiyeh, Oxford University and Refugee Hosts There it is: the camp that is yet to be born. The camp’s existence will always be on a par with time in the superfluity of tenses. I do not know how the archive can … Continue reading There it is: the camp that is yet to be born
Listen to Refugee Hosts' writer-in-residence, Yousif M. Qasmiyeh, in conversation with Adriana X. Jacobs (University of Oxford) who is the producer and host of the Staying Alive: Poetry and Crisis podcast series, as he discusses writing the camp, poetry’s ways of seeing, and the signs that death leaves in the camp to remember, revisit, and translate.
This Refugee Week, we are delighted to post an extract of the forthcoming work, Refugee Tales III, which explores - through writing and poetry - the experiences of those who variously experience detention in the UK. Refugee Tales is an outreach project of Gatwick Detainees Welfare Group, and is inspired by the work of the Group, which has supported individuals in detention … Continue reading The Dancer’s Tale