Working with a breath-taking line-up of artists, Voice of Aiko return louder and more resolute than ever with their latest live campaign, ‘W.A.D.E.’. Watch here
‘W.A.D.E.’ is inspired by Professor Sue Clayton’s ground-breaking documentary film ‘Calais Children: A Case to Answer’, which follows the scandal of what happened to the almost 2000 lone children who were in the Calais Jungle as it burned down in 2016 – most of whom had a legal case to be in the UK. ‘Calais Children’ recently served as evidence in the High Court for a Judicial Review case against the Home Office.
Enya’s compelling short film ‘W.A.D.E.’ beautifully weaves footage from Sue Clayton’s original documentary film, exposing a stark insight in to this pressing reality. Multi layering explores the boundaries of broken realities, these children are reduced to numbers on a page, closing bars, imprisonment, helplessness, confusion, culminating to the final freeing of birds.
“Behind every child, there is a story. A better education is not your average teenager’s dream. Defending your religion, trying to support your family or running from the military should not be a hero’s quest for a child. ‘W.A.D.E.’ is just a small insight into the lives of the Calais Children, speaking for these many lost voices.”
Sue Clayton is Enya’s former mentor and professor from Goldmith’s University, providing this project further significance and meaning. This time for guidance and teaching is pivotal to Voice of Aiko’s purpose as they campaign to provide awareness, aid and a voice for the Calais Children and their serious situation.
Working with partner charities, the ‘W.A.D.E.’ campaign includes a series of workshops across the UK with Let’s All Create, creating uplifting art with refugee children, families and mothers with babies.