From War and Trafficking to London’s Tech Scene, photo essay by Alice Rowsome
One by one the students walk down the staircase, lit by colourful hanging lightbulbs and decorated with abstract oil paintings, into the basement of one of Old Street’s technology startups. As they take their seats and pull their laptops out of their bags, there is a palatable sense of relief in the room.
Amid the tense atmosphere in the capital following Brexit and government sponsored walls at the British border, I join a group of refugees from Syria to Uganda on their first day of a 6-month intensive coding program in London.
This photo series gives a face and a voice to London’s refugee tech students. As they begin an incredible new journey, their past continues to hover over them. They all underline that graduating will not only benefit them and their communities here and but also those still trapped in the bombshell.