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THROUGH THEIR EYES: Migrant Narratives from the Rainbow Nation

In the heart of Cape Town, at Bertha House in Mowbray, an impactful event unfolded on the 18th of January 2024, bringing together diverse voices, experiences, and narratives. The event, titled "THROUGH THEIR EYES: Migrant Narratives from the Rainbow Nation," was a collaborative effort aimed at shedding light on the journeys, challenges, and successes of migrants living in South Africa.

Organized by the Migration for development and equality (MIDEQ), in collaboration with the Royal Holloway University of London, ICT4D Collective, UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), and the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF), the event also saw the active participation and partnership of the Scalabrini Centre and SIHMA.

The highlight of the event was the launch of the MIDEQ Digital Interventions for migrants in South Africa. Professor Tim Unwin, Co-Investigator at MIDEQ, set the stage with a warm welcome and an overview of the MIDEQ project context. Dr Maria Rosa Lorini, a researcher at MIDEQ, introduced the audience to the interventions, setting the scene for the documentary and videos that followed.

The event unfolded in three sections. The first, a captivating documentary titled "THROUGH THEIR EYES," showcased interviews with migrants living in South Africa. These narratives provided an intimate and authentic insight into the experiences of migrants, from their journeys to the challenges they face and the successes they celebrate.

The second section featured a series of videos created by migrants, for migrants and beyond. Mrs. Memory Mwadziwana, an entrepreneur and Fusion Avenue Member, introduced the videos that covered topics such as immigration quizzes, legal aspects, thoughtful reflections, and an empowering guide on digital tech usage.

Dr Maria Rosa Lorini took the stage again in the third section, emphasizing how migrants were trained on using digital technology safely, wisely, and securely. A video presentation by Dee and Michael titled "Empowering our Future" showcased the practical impact of this training, demonstrating how migrants are now empowering others through digital skills.

The event concluded with insightful reflections from civil society partners, including Mrs. Pascale Kolesha, Mr. Mzi Ndzuzo, and Mrs. Guilia Treves. Professor Tim Unwin expressed gratitude, emphasizing the importance of utilizing migrant-crafted resources and furthering the understanding of safe, wise, and secure use of digital tech.

The MIDEQ Hub, with its focus on migration and inequality in the Global South, aims to transform knowledge production and translate it into policies benefiting migrants and their communities. Fusion Avenue, a channel managed by migrants in South Africa, embodies the spirit of engagement, celebration of differences, and finding common ground through low-tech, high-impact methods.

"THROUGH THEIR EYES" not only provided a platform for migrants to share their stories but also showcased the power of digital interventions in empowering individuals and communities. As the event drew to a close, it marked a significant step forward in bridging gaps, celebrating diversity, and creating a more inclusive and understanding society for migrants in South Africa.

To view the impactful videos from the event, visit Fusion Avenue’s YouTube channel:

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