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‘Never Arrive’ tells the story of Farah Abdullahi Abdi, a young Somali man, who is forced to flee his home in Kenya because of persecution and stigma associated with his sexual orientation. The publication is being launched this evening (28th April) at the President’s Palace in Valletta.  H.E. Mrs Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca, the President of Malta will be hosting the launch.

Farah close upThe author is a young Somali refugee who came to Malta without his family at only 16 years of age.  The book is based on his journey, not only physical but also mental and emotional, a story about one man’s dreams and aspirations and his challenges as he crosses borders and endures unspeakable hardships in search of the future he believes he deserves.  It is a story of self- acceptance and the will to risk it all for freedom. The often dangerous, brutal and terrifying events that most asylum seekers experience are vividly portrayed in Never Arrive’.

The publication of Never Arrive forms part of the first phase of Bodyless, a project led by Kopin and financed by the Malta Arts Fund, the UNHCR and the International Organisation for Migration.

The project is supported by Terre des Hommes and the Destination Unknown Campaign .

The book will be available in outlets around Malta and Gozo from Monday 2nd May at a price of €10.

Bodyless is coordinated by the Maltese human rights NGO Kopin. The second phase of the project tackles migration issues through contemporary poetry in Maltese. For this phase, Kopin is collaborating with local poet Glen Calleja. The latter’s main interest is on the issue of spectatorship versus responsibility.  A visual arts exhibition following the same theme will close the Bodyless project. Visit the facebook page of the project.

Kopin is an NGO working in the field of migration, international development cooperation and global education and is registered in Malta under the 2007 Voluntary Organisations Act (VO ID No – VO/0200).  For further information, visit their website and join them on Facebook. Kopin is a member of SKOP – The National Platform of Maltese Development NGOs, of the Destination Unknown Campaign , and of the Mediterranean Migration Network.

 

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