David Emmanuel Koye


I came from Sierra Leone to England to study boat building at Falmouth technical college. Later on I studied at Southampton and Wisbech then I went back to Sierra Leone. I returned to England a few years later to complete my final certificate in Yacht and Boat building at Yarmouth. When I completed the course I couldn’t go home because there was a civil war going on in Sierra Leone and so I asked for asylum.

After a few years I was granted asylum and I got a job at the boat building yard in Bridlington, at first they gave me really horrible jobs but gradually I became a key part of the team. I was always a good worker and had higher qualifications than the other workers.

I praise god for looking after me and know that because we are all god’s creatures that everywhere is home.

Photos and interview © Quentin Budworth