Aiming to raise awareness of Direct Provision centres, the booklet was created to be utilised by schools and youth groups to help young Irish people understand and critically analyse the Direct Provision system in the country.
“I wanted to create a safe space for young people to be able to share where they come from. I didn’t have that when I was living in Direct Provision,” said Nike Monisola Awoyemi.
“For me, it was the right thing to do. It is now that we can shape the future and be a voice for the voiceless. I have lived experience of this system and feel that I have an obligation to create a change. It was also very encouraging to work with other young people who did not live in Direct Provision but recognised the injustice in it and wanted to work towards creating change also,” said Abdulai Mansaray.
“I wanted to raise awareness of Direct Provision and to create a booklet that will educate people about what is happening in their surroundings and to encourage integration and a sense of welcoming,” said Marwa Zamir.
IRC CEO Nick Henderson said: “The power of change is with young people. More than ever, we need you. We need to stand together. This energy, positivity, ambition and connectivity is needed in the coming weeks and months. Let’s cherish it.”
The booklet was created with Irish Aid, Concern Worldwide, and the National Youth Council of Ireland.
Like said, all good things must come to an end, but #TightSpaces launch’s end was on a high note with the young people joining the @LordMayorDublin, Caroline Conroy, in a photo moment. It was such an #honour to have her in our presence.#TightSpaces pic.twitter.com/yzvjR2byBe— Irish Refugee Council (@IrishRefugeeCo) January 28, 2023