Thousand 4 £1000 warmly invites you to participate in Citizens of the World in Conversation – a series of online discussion events exploring stories of migration, culture, creativity and connection from around the globe.
Our next event
A conversation with Leah Cowan and Emily Kenway of Pluto Press, in conjunction with the Feminist Bookshop, Thursday 8th April, 7.30pm
A conversation with Saliou Diouf of Boza Fii, Thursday 25th February, 7.30pm
BOZA FII proposes to succeed here . Led by a group of returning migrants and human rights activists, the organisation fights for the continuous improvement of the living conditions of migrants in their countries of origin. They support migrants who return voluntarily and those who are expelled to their country of origin and who then face a complete lack of assistance.
BOZA is a word created by Cameroonians and used by migrants which means “to succeed”. FII is a word from Senegalese Wolof which means “here”. The migrants who cross the land and sea borders cry out their victory and their freedom to the sound of: “BOZA FREE!” once they have successfully completed their journey to Europe.
Sam Berkson in conversation with Mohamedsalem Wared, Wednesday 27th January, 7pm:
Poetry, exile and resistance in Western Sahara
Sam and Mohamedsalem discussed the Saharawi people’s resistance to a decades-long occupation of Western Sahara by Morocco, life in the refugee camps and the importance of poetry in Saharawi culture.
In the summer of 1987, a group of 60 Tamil refugees was detained on a ferry, used by the British government as a floating detention centre. Their determined resistance, including a hunger strike, forced the issue of immigration detention into the headlines.
At a time when the government is reported to be seriously considering reviving the use of ferries to detain people seeking asylum, we were delighted to be hosting a conversation with Mr. Jana, to reflect on his work at the front line of resistance to the UK’s racist immigration regime for over 3 decades.
Mr Jana is the Executive Director of TWAN, the Tamil Welfare Association (Newham), a pioneering grassroots organisation providing free legal advice and practical support to the Tamil community in London since 1986.
Mr. Jana was in conversation with Frances Webber, Vice-Chair of the Institute of Race Relations. Frances is a former barrister who specialised in immigration, refugee and human rights law until her retirement in 2008. The Institute of Race Relations is at the cutting edge of the research and analysis that informs the struggle for racial justice in Britain, Europe and internationally. It seeks to reflect the experiences of those who suffer racial oppression and draws its perspectives from the most vulnerable in society.