2020: 06/02/20 A day to remember
Hummingbird joined Thousand 4 £1000 (T4K) and Jollof Cafe for a day of Remembrance and Action for the lives lost on the borders.
The day was called to mark the 6th anniversary of when over 200 people tried to enter Ceuta from the Moroccan territory. While they were approaching the Tarajal beach -many people trying to arrive by swimming - the Guardia Civil shot at them using rubber bullets and tear gas in order to prevent people from entering the Spanish territory. Fifteen people died on the Spanish side, dozens more disappeared and others died in the Moroccan territory.
To commemorate this event, on February 6th 2020, some of the relatives of the people who died or disappeared met in Morocco with activists from different countries. Hummingbird and T4K joined them in solidarity.
Hummingbird worked with partners T4K to lead Brighton's response by curating a day of awareness about the dangers for refugees on their journey to safety and the impact of the hostile environment and border policies.
The day started with a Brighton tour of the Hostile Environment, that moved around the city, meeting with people with lived experiences of forced migration, and activists.
Later there was an evening of talks and discussion which brought together members of the refugee community and people working to challenge the hostile environment that is adversely affecting migrants and refugees in the UK.
A candle lit vigil then followed the event which allowed some time to process and for some, a time to grieve for those lives lost on their journey to safety.