This piece reflects our dismay at the continued de-humanisation of refugees by UK politicians and media, which we believe were accelerated since the pandemic.We aimed to counter these de-humanising narratives by giving a voice to refugees and provide images of their lives during lockdown. We sent a video message in Arabic, explaining our project and asking refugees to contribute by sending us their mobile images of life in lockdown during COVID-19. We received over 60 interesting accounts ranging from documenting the new daily routine, refugee journeys, artworks, doctors on the front lines, passengers in the airports, and visiting friends and families,from which we have selected 9 accounts. We hope that these accounts counter the de-humanising images of refugees dominating our mainstream media here in the UK and globally.

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Al Mahameed, M. & Kamla, R. 2021, 'Once upon a time I was a refugee in lockdown', Breaking Boundaries: (Counter) Accounts During the Pandemic - Letters for Future Generations, pp. 113-120. https://researchportal.hw.ac.uk/en/publications/6f4b5f29-1c38-4fc5-a228-8e18b57fbe07

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