March 28, 2006

Dispatches: Living with Illegals

Writing about web page http://www.insightnewstv.com/illegals/

Channel 4: 27th March 8 pm

In "Living with Illegals", award-winning journalist Sorious Samura becomes an illegal immigrant. His journey is epic as he travels from Morocco into Europe through Spain and France, finally crossing the English Channel to Britain. Samura wants to understand the reality of being an illegal immigrant, so he lives in the exact same conditions and experiences the same gruelling hardships as his companions.

This incredible documentary, shown last night on Channel 4 is moving and eye-opening as it traces the journey many Africans undertake in order to reach the UK. It is both thought-provoking and challenging, showing at first hand the stark and harsh existence many face in order to start a new life. Often the debate over assylum becomes polarized and politicized with individuals becoming faceless statistics. It is difficult not to be moved by the journey Samura undertakes, and by those who face death in the face for the hope of a new life in the UK.


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