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Launch of Refugee Week comic by graphic novelist Karrie Fransman

13 June 2014

Yesterday saw the launch of Over under sideways down – a comic book that charts the highs and lows of a young refugee’s journey to the UK. 

Graphic novelist Karrie Fransman created the comic for Refugee Week (16-22 June). It tells the moving life story of Ebrahim. He fled Iran in fear of his life when he was 15 years old. 

The comic describes some incredible moments in his journey – from winning a university place to being cast in the award-winning film, Leave to Remain

“Honoured to tell his story”

Ebrahim, now aged 19, said: “It is incredible to see my life recreated in this comic.

“The experiences I’ve had are not always easy for me to talk about. But I wanted people to be able to understand what it means to be forced from your home and made to start all over again.”

Karrie added: “Ebrahim and I talked for hours about his experiences – the intense pain he felt at being separated from his mother, the confusion, the fear. 

“But through all of that he has gone on to achieve amazing things and I felt honoured to be telling his story.”

Keeping children safe

The British Red Cross celebrates Refugee Week (16 to 22 June) with a coalition of charities across the country. This year’s focus is on children and young people. 

Andrew Hewett from the Red Cross said: “Ebrahim’s story is indicative of the strength and determination of many young refugees in this country and around the world.

“This year we want to celebrate that incredible resilience as well as recognise the role Britain has played in keeping children safe – one we still keep up to this day.”

Free comic

Over under sideways down is free and available in print at Gosh! comic book store in London. 

You can also read it on our website and it will be available soon on the Apple Newsstand app.

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