Saturday Opening Performance

About WAST: Made up of women seeking asylum in Greater Manchester. They share their experiences, empower and support one another whilst fighting for our rights and raising awareness about the issues that force women to seek international protection and the effects of the injustices experienced through the UK immigration system.

They are women of all ages, nationalities, ethnicities, sexual orientation and disability. We speak many languages, practice many religions and accommodate for all.

 The WAST choir go into the community to reach out to people who have never met any who is in  the asylum system and think we are given homes and free mobiles and don't know how we suffer and also that we are women just like them, who care about our kids and just want to be safe and free.

In 2015 the Women Asylum Seekers Together WAST choir were recognized for their commitment to the rights of women by the Liberty Human Rights Awards where they were given the Liberty Human Rights Arts Award. The WAST choir continue to sing and use their voices to raise awareness of the challenges they and other women face.

Divised, Written and performed by:

Maria Tsymbaliak


Dudu Mango 

Rudo Mwoyoweshumba

Shamim Afshan

Mariam Yusuf

Mariatu Sesay

Raquia Sultana

Imade Aluebott

Aida Safari


Philomene Muyinga

Director: Magdalen Bartlett

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