I wanted to use my animation skills to raise awareness of organisations, such as Hagar International, that assist people who have survived human trafficking, slavery or abuse. Having grown up in Afghanistan, I realise it’s often not possible for people to tell their own stories publicly, due to the stigma that unfortunately exists even for survivors. I approached Hagar and they were keen for me to animate a story. I wrote the screenplay in the first person as I hoped to tell the story of an Afghan girl. This story captures the struggles and dark times of her life, but also the transformation from that to a much stronger place where she could discover her self-worth and where she could be a positive influence on her country and beyond. This story of “Maryam” hopefully demonstrates Hagar’s amazing work and the phenomenal resilience of women and children who have suffered enormously.