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Bilal

Bilal

Name: Bilal Awan
Age: 26
Year of the Fix: 2015
Location: London
Campaign: To encourage young people to steer clear of knife and gun crime

I’ve seen the devastating impact of gun and knife crime.

 

My promising football career was cut short after a gang related incident left me with serious leg injuries when I was younger.

 

But since then, I’ve turned my life around and now work as a youth worker, helping young people avoid the mistakes I made and steer clear of violence.

 

On May 1st, I organised a one minute silence opposite Downing Street to pay respect to all those people who’ve lost their lives to gun and knife crime in the UK over the last ten years.

 

The event was part of the One Minute in May campaign, which saw family and friends of those who’ve died in gun and knife related incidents gather alongside ex-gang members and community representatives.

 

We hope to run this event every year because I believe the key to stopping this problem is for everybody to stand united.

 

* Note: Fixers sometimes go beyond the 16-25 year age bracket while working on their Fix.

May 2015

We held the One Minute in May event on May 1st. It was amazing to see people from all over the country come together to stand up against knife and gun crime. Below is a picture from the event and some feedback from those who attended the gathering:

 

 

 

'The only way to tackle this is to tackle it as a community.'

 

'Get to know your children, have a relationship with them.'

 

'We have to empower people in the community to take control and map out their own destiny.'

 

'Since 2011 I've lost five people close to me. It hurts when you have to say goodbye and see mothers and fathers cry at a funeral. No one understands. Everyone sees it happening, but no one is doing anything. The whole nation needs to wake up and say "enough is enough." Thank God for people like Bilal who come together to open our eyes and make change happen.'

 

'I thank God for this campaign. When I saw this campaign, I was so grateful that someone was doing something about it. We are going to make a difference. This campaign is going to take us to where we need to go. We are going to make a difference in this community.'

 

'Organisations like One Minute in May are doing such powerful work and we all have to say "I will support you."'

 

'I pray that we go on from here and don't stay silent. We need to come together as one movement and one voice. Not moved by finding, but by responsibility.'

 

'I think it's a wonderful thing that they're doing. I thank them because every single child that died came back to life today.'

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