• Talk: Gulwali Passarlay - journey from child refugee to young activist

Talk: Gulwali Passarlay - journey from child refugee to young activist

02 June 2016

Preston

Gulwali Passarlay talks about his journey from child refugee to young activist

Gulwali was sent away from Afghanistan at the age of twelve, after his father was killed in a gun battle with the US army. Smuggled into Iran, Gulwali embarked on a twelve-month odyssey across Europe, spending time in prisons, suffering hunger, cruelty, and violence. Like so many of the migrants we hear about, he endured a terrifying, life-threatening journey on a tiny boat in the Mediterranean, braved the brutality of those who should care for children, and spent a desolate month in the camp at Calais. Somehow he survived, and made it to Britain, no longer an innocent child but still a young boy alone. Here in Britain he was fostered, went to a good school, worked hard and won a place at a top university as well as becoming an active political campaigner joining a variety of youth participation projects, programmes and campaigns. Based on his book "The Lightless Sky", Gulwali will talk about his journey to Britain and his experiences of being a young political activist in the UK and beyond.

Venue: University of Central Lancashire, Preston, Lancashire

Time: 16:00-17:30

Cost: Free - register for a ticket here.