Human Rights Media Centre

Survival Stories Sequel Project

Human Rights Media Centre

Project Story

The Human Rights Media Centre compiled a collection of short stories from taped interviews with 13 refugees living in Cape Town. The stories in the book, Torn Apart show how these refugees lives have changed since 2002 when the book was first written. The project also held regular community dialogues and joint follow up cultural activities to build trust and local leadership to resolve potential conflicts amongst the local community and refugees.

The project has increased awareness on information around living conditions of refugees in Cape Town. Participants have grown in confidence as they are better informed about their rights, and have spoken out and shared their stories on public platforms. The work has captured the attention of the Deputy Minister of Home Affairs, who asked the HRMC to prepare cases of vulnerable refugee women to give to the UNHCR for resettlement assessment and processing. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees invited one of the beneficiaries to speak at a World Refugee Day march to Parliament.