15 imagesThe Stansted 15 activists entered Stansted Airport and stopped a chartered deportation flight 28th of March 2017. The activists locked themselves together near the plane in a secluded part of the airport where deportation flights dock to take on their passengers. The flight was scheduled for Nigeria and Ghana to take 57 deportees, some of whom risking imprisonment and possible death in their home country according to the activists research. A number of the fifty-seven scheduled on the flight that night are still in the UK pending case hearings and at least two has been allowed to stay in the UK. Without the Stansted 15's intervention this would not have happened. They all wore pink on the night, a highly visible and benign colour and all the individuals portrayed carry a pink wholly hat worn on the night. All the portraits are taken on locations chosen by the activists, places which are significant to them in their struggle for social justice and struggle to end deportations. They have since been through 20 months of legal battles and an 8 weeks crown court trial in Chelmsford charged under the anti-terror legislation act which can carry a lengthy prison sentence. The 15 activists were found guilty by a jury in December 2018 and were sentenced Wednesday Feb 6th 2019. They all avoided prison sentences, twelve were given 100 hours of community service and three 9 months suspended prison service and 250 hours community service. They are currently appealing the charges.
35 imagesI have traveled the world and met many intrepid, funny and ressourceful children. All of them have confirmed me in my belief that everyone are entitled to education and a safe upbringing. If all children were given the opportunity to fulfill their potentials with out fear the future would look much brighter for us all.