Shining the light on Comfort Angels’ safe space and community with shado mag and Amnesty
Comfort Angels are a Liverpool-based football team formed by Comfort Etim. Dedicated to providing support for women seeking asylum in the city, the sense of community it provides is more important than ever.
With the Conservative government’s recently passed Nationality and Borders Bill, the UK’s hostile environment policy continues to advance, making the immigration process evermore difficult to navigate. For people escaping war, conflict, and a lack of safety in their own countries, it means that displays of solidarity and support once they reach Britain are more valuable than ever.
Having gone through the asylum system herself, Comfort Etim was motivated to set up a safe space for women in similar situations, and started her Liverpool-based football team, Comfort Angels, in the process. Working with the support of Amnesty and the LCFA, the sessions started small, and have grown to have a group of around 30 women regularly in attendance. Comfort’s initiative and persistence empowered her to find and cultivate a community of her own, in a time of potential isolation.