Posted on 15/07/2013
Sue Clayton in Media Arts has been invited to the UN in Geneva by the Policy Development and Evaluation Unit of the UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) to screen 'Hamedullah: The Road Home' and address UN Headquarters policy staff on the topic: Falling Through the Cracks: The Fate and Future of Unsuccessful Asylum Seekers, followed by a panel debate on Tuesday 16th July.
The UNHCR is currently discussing policy issues around returning refugees to areas of prior conflict, exploring whether this can be done safely, and specifically, will Afghanistan indeed be safe after NATO troops withdraw in 2014? And (Sue's principal concern) is it really viable to return lone child refugees (the group Sue has worked with for many years) and can their welfare and survival be guaranteed in Kabul?
Sue's work filming with Hamedullah, a young asylum-seeker who was deported from the UK back to Afghanistan, provides unique evidence of what happens to young returnees, first-hand. Her ongoing Royal Holloway research with Anna Gupta (Social Work) involves tracking more returnees and presenting their narratives as they struggle to survive the war.
As well as the award-winning Hamedullah: The Road Home www.hamedullahtheroadhome.com , Sue has directed the play/cinema piece Mazloom, part-funded by Royal Holloway, which is currently mid-way through a sell-out national tour, and which will be performed in London venues in the autumn, see www.mazloom.org.uk
Sue has presented over 80 screenings of the film, the latest one being last week at the Joint Social Work Education Conference, hosted this year by Royal Holloway.