In this episode Bisi interviews Gulwali Passarlay. Due to conflict Gulwali was forced to leave his home in Afghanistan the age of 12 alongside his brother (14). The boys were soon separated and Gulwali spent a year travelling through 10 countries, during which time he was was sent to adult jails as authorities did not believe his age, all in search of safety and the hope of being reunited with his brother. He talks with Bisi about the journey, what happened when he arrived in the U.K, and what he has achieved since.
Gulwali is the director of My Bright Kite, a specialist not for profit organisation working to improve the wellbeing and inclusion of your refugees through a range of professional services and bespoke youth projects. He continues campaigning and advocating for refugee rights, supporting the work and effort of refugee charities around family reunification. He’s also working hard to end the ban on allowing people seeking asylum seekers to work, and you can find more information at mybrightkite.org.
Gulwali is also the author of The Lightless Sky: An afghan Refugee Boy's Journey of Escape to a New Life in Britain.
If you’d like to know more about can find Guulwali on Twitter @GulwaliP or visit his website gulwalipassarlay.wordpress.com/