Fri June 29th 2018: Honouring Kamil: Exploring Disability and Migration
Event details and urgent funding appeal
On June 29th help us honour the memories of Kamil Ahmad and others who have been failed by the system. We are holding an event as part of Bristol Refugee Festival to:
- bring together the disability and the asylum/immigration sectors
- get the voices of disabled asylum seekers / refugees better heard
- build awareness of policies and practices that currently divide us
- challenge divisions and develop solutions
Our event is in honour of Kamil Ahmad a disabled Kurdish man who came to Britain seeking sanctuary, after having been imprisoned and tortured in Iraq. He was murdered in his supported accommodation in Bristol on 7th July 2016.
Kamil was very involved in Disability Murals. He was part of the group who took the murals to the Houses of Parliament.
Kamil never gave up his loving nature and sense of justice, despite the horrific experiences he had been through. It seems fitting that one of the ways of honouring his memory, together with others who have been failed by the system, is to create a stronger movement for positive change.
All welcome. Help us honour Kamil and build a stronger movement for justice.
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In this video, Kamil talks about his life, and what he wanted to say through the mural:
Programme for Fri June 29th
14.30 - City Hall – (College Green, Bristol BS1 5TR)
We will install a copy of the mural which Kamil helped to create, as a memorial to him and other disabled asylum seekers and refugees who have been failed.
15.30 – Procession from City Hall to We the Curious – please bring banners, musical instruments.
16.00 – We the Curious (Anchor Rd, Harbourside, Bristol BS1 5DB)
Talks, discussion, workshops, film, learning from disabled asylum seekers.
What is the Problem? What needs to change?
Followed by food and music from LARA and others – (musicians include asylum seekers, refugees, disabled and non-disabled)
We need to raise an additional £1000 towards the costs of the venue, interpreters, travel costs and access needs. All contributions gratefully received.
Please donate through our crowdfunder.
Alternatively, you can donate directly to our bank account with these details:
Account Name: Bristol City of Sanctuary
Sort Code: 40-14-13
Account Number: 52603306
Please use reference ‘Kamil’
Or cheques payable to: Bristol City of Sanctuary. Post to: Bristol City of Sanctuary, The Assisi Centre, Lawfords Gate, Bristol, BS5 0RE
The event is supported by: City of Sanctuary, Bristol City Council, Bristol Defend Asylum Seekers, Bristol Disability Equality Forum, Bristol Refugee Rights, Disabled People Against the Cuts, TUC SW, University of Bath, South West Doctoral Training College.
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