It’s hard for me to talk about my hopes and dreams for my family…this system stops you from looking forward to the future.
Speaking at the launch of ‘Protection with Dignity: A Humane Response to Global Forced Displacement’, JRS Ireland Refugee Speaker, Folashade, shared powerful testimony about seeking asylum in Ireland and living in the system of Direct Provision.
Representatives from CHANGE schools were joined by political officials, faith-based stakeholders, civil society and other JRS Ireland partners at the launch. While the report seeks to inform policy and practice in developing a more humane response to forced displacement, nationally and regionally, launch attendees were confronted with the lived reality of forced migration by the challenging personal statement of Folashade.
Demanding change, Folashade’s message is one of hope and solidarity.
I realise how much we need other people to get through difficult times…I hope this statement reaches the authorities…I hope other mothers like me hear my message and find the strength to keep going.