Voices of Detention is a short film by Samphire made in collaboration with Bamidele, Hamed and Colonel who have all spent time in immigration detention. They decided to share their experience to raise awareness on what to be held against your will for 18 or months is. Gong back to the novel, Shade and Femi are just children they have no idea of whats going on and if they get stopped and asked questions they wouldn't know how to answer. They would get scared. All the moving around from one place to another if they happen to be arrested would confuse them and make them nervous because their in a different country with new people. What I'm trying to say is if this happens to them finding a way to get back to their family would be nearly impossible and also keep in mind they just lost their mother not so long ago. The amount of mental and emotional damage all of that would do will be Irreversible.
In the video I have watched the people being interviewed are complaining to be prisoners that the public does not accept them. They look down on them and they think of them as trash. For example the main guy in the video said he moved to UK almost 10 years ago. In those 10 years apparently he has lived on 5 pounds a day. He was relocated to a town where he is not accepted. This makes me think of the kids that we now know have been abandoned by Mrs Bankole, what happens if they spend the same amount of years living in a racist community with no education and barley enough money to survive on? I don't think they will be able to make it..
The refugee council explains clearly the process asylum seekers go through after they have been rejected asylum. According to the website courts overturned Home Office decisions in 41% of asylum appeals. Most of these were women and children but the women who claim to be in danger have their protection right recognised. The website also many of these people are imprisoned after there asylum has been rejected. The website also says that children are also imprisoned after it was the government's pledge to end child detention for immigration purposes. So Femi and Shade are children entering the country illegally with a woman who is not willing to help them in any way possible so if they get caught they could get locked up and their family would get really worried not knowing where they are. The website also stated an interesting fact that the UK is only home to 1% of the world refugees out of 59.9 million. While the the rest settle in developing countries.
This news article from the BBC summarise the opinions of the of the British public about asylum seekers in the UK. According to the BBC There were some 29,000 applications for asylum in the UK last year. This figure looks big but the article also sated that only about 2/3 of the applications were accepted. The article also as I mentioned in the beginning says that there has been a decrease in Britons that think the UK should accept anymore more refugees. This is connected to the novel "`The `other `Side of `Truth" because Shade and Femi are hoping to arrive in the UK as asylum seekers and in my opinion after what I have read the public is not very welcome to refugees because they believe that their they come in to take their jobs.