Stanley Phiri wants Belfast to be home. He’s a young Zimbabwean seeking asylum here, after having to leave his home country two years ago.
Life in Belfast for him has been a patchwork experience. There’s been kindness & ugliness – chances to enjoy community & friendship, yet encounters with racists who have attacked & scarred him.
Despite this Stanley is passionate about staying here. He’s part of the Tell It In Colour team, & regularly shares his story with young people from communities across Belfast & beyond.
This is his message, written as a poem, of finding hope in Belfast -
‘Don’t Lose Hope’, by Stanley Phiri
Not everyone is the same, but build your hope one day at a time.
The mountain can be steep and hard to climb.
The hurts of the past are gone,
My life will sparkle – for l am living in hope.
Hope is a thing with feathers that perches in the soul and sings
A tune without words that never stops at all.
Hope secretly feeds and strengthens promise.
Tomorrow is another day.
You are not alone on this road,
At the end of every tunnel there is always some light for you,
Your present situation is not your final destination,
Your tears are only rain drops that wash away the pain.
Don’t feel bad if people remember you only when they need you,
Feel privileged that you are a candle to their minds when there’s darkness.
A life without vision is useless
Be a greater somebody and always think positively.
TRUST ME you will never be lost and you will always be strong
Because all of this is about HOPE.