Pakistani Women Create a Game About Visa Rejections

Pakistani youth has a knack for creativity and no better example can prove this statement right other than that two Pakistani women have created a game about visa rejections that people of Pakistan face when applying abroad.

Recently, Anam Sajid and Bisma Zia won scholarships which were courtesy of the Independent Game Developers Association (IGDA). The scholarship involved a fully funded visit to the Game Developers Conference (GDC) which is to be held in San Francisco, USA, to begin on the 16th of March.

Sadly, they two women were denied visas hindering them to enter the US. The highly talented team of two women were forced to give up this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. It was at this point when they got the idea for their new game: Trying To Fly.

The game highlights their experience of the visa issuing process and explores the impact such rejections can have on the lives of the people. The game is designed to raise awareness about hardships faced by Pakistanis. Visas restrictions have been up since the start of Donald Trump’s term at the office started back in 2016.

Trying to Fly was created as part of the Global Game Jam and is also featured on their website. The event took place at the end of January this year and many game developers and their creations were showcased.

The IGDA has come out on the top in the past few years and has now branched out of US and is now offering their services and scholarships to many students from countries like Pakistan.