As part of the First World War Centenary in 2015, The Portico Library, Manchester, launched a project titled, Conflict and Community, sponsored by The Zochonis Charitable Trust. This project considered some of the far reaching ramifications of conflict and persecution within a broad perspective, including the movement of people. In order to highlight some personal stories, Chester-based reportage illustrator, Dai Owen, met with some asylum seekers who came to Manchester in search of safety, and he transformed their words into comic strip posters, which describe the situations they fled and their arrival in the UK. The resulting images powerfully illustrate the kinds of challenges they encountered, such as prolonged periods of waiting for a decision on their case, homelessness and social isolation. They also illustrate the great resilience and dignity of refugees.
The posters are the result of a collaboration with community campaigning organisation, United for Change, whose members generously shared their stories, and Regional Asylum Activism, which works to inform and change attitudes about asylum seekers and refugees, and campaign for positive change to the UK asylum system.
These posters are free to download. Please feel free to display them where you can or to use them as a learning resource.