George MacCallum

Lives On Hold: Our Stories Told

As the world experienced covid, this docu-animation powerfully brings to life the unique experiences of children and young people whose lives were put on hold in the asylum system, and the profound legacies it has on their lives. The young people pitch for, win and carry out participatory research with a team from University College London, Southampton University and Liverpool University, ultimately making this documentary of their Lives On Hold: Our Stories Told (LOHST). The young people and researchers gathered accounts from children and young people as well as practitioners showing how Covid has compounded some of the fundamental systemic issues in the asylum system, and reveals some of the strategies they use to survive and overcome them with the aim of improving the system for other children and young people.