Never Arrive

Telling a story of self-acceptance and the will to risk it all for freedom.

Location: Malta

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  4 million refugee children are out of school; only 61% of refugee children attend primary school, compared with a global average of 92%, and just 23% of refugee children are enrolled in secondary school, compared to 84% globally.    ©  Kopin

4 million refugee children are out of school; only 61% of refugee children attend primary school, compared with a global average of 92%, and just 23% of refugee children are enrolled in secondary school, compared to 84% globally.

© Kopin

‘Never Arrive’ tells the story of Farah Abdullahi Abdi, a young Somali, who is forced to flee his home in Kenya because of the stigma associated with his sexual orientation, especially within the Somali community. The publication was launched on the evening of 28th April 2016 at the President’s Palace in Valletta, Malta. The President of Malta hosted the launch and supported this project.

Farah is a refugee who came to Malta without his family as an unaccompanied minor. The book is based on a journey, not only physical but also mental and emotional, a story about dreams, aspirations and challenges as Farah crosses borders and endures unspeakable hardships in search of the future 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’ formed part of ‘Bodyless’, a project led by Kopin, a Maltese child rights organisation. The project succeeding in telling Farah’s unique story, which in turn inspired Maltese poetry book and eventually resulted in a collaborative audio visual art exhibition. This included a virtual reality experience and eight workshops for primary and secondary school children.

The project reached more than 60 000 people directly and through media coverage. The books are still on sale on proceeds are split between the author and the organisation.

The project formed part of the Destination Unknown Campaign.