We encourage people to make videos of about 30 seconds to 1 minute to light a candle of hope and share one or two solutions they might have. The trick is to keep it short, creative, and unusual! See our #takandiga challenge video below from last year’s #Run4Africa! We also encourage people to share our #candleofhope image below.
What is the Candle of Hope Challenge?
How can I get involved?
Objectives of the #candleofhope challenge
The #candleofhope #backwaysolutions challenge is a social media campaign to highlight the horrible situation of hopelessness that drives young people, largely from Sub-Saharan Africa, to attempt to get into Europe at all cost in search of greener pastures; often resulting in many fatalities as evidenced by the constant stories on our TV screens, of migrant boats capsizing in the Mediterranean or Atlantic ocean, for those in the West. For those in Sub-Saharan African countries like The Gambia, this is more real as whole communities are depleted and stories of young men and women losing their lives across the Sahara desert or in the seas is a daily occurrence.
1. To raise awareness of the need to build a better world, given the grotesque inequality that exists.
2. To show light on the sad stories of hopelessness emanating from Sub-Saharan Africa, symbolic of the struggle for human dignity. As most people cannot enter through the “front way”, Sub-Saharan Africa continues to haemorrhage significant numbers of your men and women through the “backway”; otherwise also known as “illegal migration”.
3. Practically engage people to raise funds to set up a Youth Opportunity Fund that focuses on capacity building projects for those at risk or most affected by the “backway” and its attendant consequences.
The #candleofhope challenge encourages individuals or groups to light candles of hope in the most desolate and darkest places, literary and symbolically, and suggest #backwaysolutions. There will be a #CandleofHope Africa festival starting at 2pm, immediately after the Run4Africa 2017, in Abbey Park, Leicester.
What is the "Backway?"
Hundreds of thousands of people, mostly from Sub-Saharan Africa, attempt to escape the “horrendous situations” they live in, in search of greener pastures. There are many fatalities that occur from the dangerous routes taken to get into Europe, some evidenced by the news showing videos of migrant boats capsizing in the Mediterranean or Atlantic Ocean. This method of travel is known as the “Backway”. During the journey from Sub-Saharan Africa to Mainland Europe, via Libya, not only do many young people lose their lives, but there are many increasing heartbreaking stories of these young people being sold as slaves in open markets in Libya for a price of 200 – 500 dollars; sexual abuse, kidnapping and even allegations of being used for organ transplants.
This is a short documentary produced by Hexalens Media in collaboration with Global Hands, ADEPT, and James Skinner Films, exploring the "Backway" phenomenon (irregular youth migration) mainly from The Gambia in Sub-Saharan Africa, via Libya to mainland Europe. The documentary speaks of the hopelessness that drives youths from Sub-Sahara into perilous journeys across the desert and Mediterranean, often resulting in fatalities. This is a journey into the backway.
“Backway” is a new single created by an artist from The Gambia, Silver P, and an artist from Leicester, Ayolah, with a focus on raising awareness about irregular migration from mainly Sub-Saharan Africa to Europe. You can find the link to the music video below:
Backway Single and Music Video
It is sponsored by Global Hands, and is sung in both Wollof (a local Gambian dialect) and English. The single was produced in The Gambia, and all proceeds will go towards supporting both artists, and towards the establishment of a sustainable youth development fund, which will provide solutions to the “Backway”.