This body of work depicts the journeys and experiences of Eritrean refugees into the United Kingdom.  Those who emigrated from Eritrea did so illegally for various reasons.

Inspired by the story of a childhood friend, I investigated further only to learn that there were many more like her who didn’t want to share their experiences, for fear of consequences or further suffering in their lives.

The aims of this body of work is to raise awareness of human trafficking and to reveal different experiences and difficulties that my sitters faced on an uncertain voyage to exile which can be sometimes dreadful.

Dedicated to those who suffered or were left behind in their quest for the ‘Promised Land’ and to those who marked their names and left messages on the walls of Sinai Mountains.

Your voices will be heard

“Even This Will Pass.”


Aida Silvestri, 2013