‘Reaching Ireland was like a dream. It's protected and I'm safe’

Manzi Joseph arrived from Rwanda via Malawi in 2015

Manzi Joseph in Tramore, Co Waterford. Photograph: Patrick Browne

Manzi Joseph in Tramore, Co Waterford. Photograph: Patrick Browne

When Manzi Joseph arrived in Ireland he was legally adult. However, at 18 years of age, he missed his family and struggled to settle into life in a direct provision centre without the support of his parents.

“They think that because you’re 18 years old you know everything and can live on your own. But it was really hard. That’s what people don’t understand, I’m grown up but that doesn’t matter. They’re my parents and I miss them.”

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