Unheard Voices has two purposes:
The first is to give a voice to asylum seekers and refugees across the United Kingdom by telling their stories through film, audio and images.
The second is to explore and consider the facts, issues and statistics surrounding asylum seekers and refugees. Who are asylum seekers? What are their rights? How does the immigration system work? Unheard Voices aims to take an honest look at the legal and political situation and try to offer a balanced, informative resource on the issues of asylum for those who genuinely want to know the truth.
Ignorance and prejudice are the handmaidens of propaganda. Our mission, therefore, is to confront ignorance with knowledge, bigotry with tolerance, and isolation with the outstretched hand of generosity.
― Kofi Annan, 7th Secretary- General of the United Nations 1997-2007
Who are we?
Unheard Voicea is run by multimedia web journalist Marishka Van Steenbergen. Marishka has a passion for giving a voice to those who cannot speak for themselves and for standing up for human rights.
Marishka also writes for and makes films for the Guardian, Guardian Northerner, Culture Vulture, her other website Sheffield Unchained and other publications. She has recently become the video producer for Queen of Retreats and makes documentaries and films with her partner Joe Bream and their film company Humbledinger Productions.
Do you know of a story Unheard Voices should be covering?
If you’d like to know more about Unheard Voices or if you have any ideas for stories or bigger projects then please contact Marishka at: firstname.lastname@example.org