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Amnesty’s ‘Family-Free Zone’ Mocks UK Laws Separating Refugee Parents From Kids
By Izza Sofia, 11 Mar 2019
The British government has implemented regulations that force the separation of refugee families. Current laws deny child refugees the right to be accompanied by their parents into the UK, pushing parents to leave children over the age of 18 behind.
London-based non-governmental organization Amnesty International UK aims to raise awareness of the possible repercussions of these laws through a new advertisement launched at London’s Southbank.
Along with media company VCCP, Amnesty intentionally created a security guard-protected “family-free zone” in the area.
The guards were tasked to prevent families from entering the area together. If parents insisted on passing through, their kids would need to be left behind; the guards would then step in to care for the children.
The stunt, which is part of the VCCP’s campaign ‘Families Together’, has an underlying message for everyday British citizens that reveals the hardships faced by refugees, who are pressed to make a difficult choice between safety and their families.
The campaign has understandably caused an uproar, and rightly so. It actively seeks an amendment to existing laws, and is specifically aimed at home secretary, Sajid Javid—with the intention that this archaic law be ridded of for the greater good.
[via The Stable, opening image via Amnesty International UK]
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