Matthew Carter

Writer working with the British Red Cross on issues to do with refugees, asylum and international family tracing.

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Burundi refugee crisis: carrying scars from the past into an uncertain future

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 Divine Kagajo with daughter

Her eyes hide behind dark glasses. Her head is covered in a red scarf.

She speaks to no one as she winds her way back to her temporary home – a tent, pitched amid thousands of others, one virtually indistinguishable from the next.

Here Divine Kagajo finds her parents, and her two daughters, aged five and 11. She left her husband behind in Burundi.

“He was shot and died on the spot,” said Divine, recalling the day in early 2014 when she and her husband were attacked by a group of men.

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Refugee football match brings Hope from Plymouth to Arsenal

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Freedom-from-Torture vs Hope FC

Finally the day of the big match had arrived.

Not a crucial decider at Euro 2016 – but Plymouth Hope FC vs a football therapy group from charity Freedom from Torture.

The matches kicked off Refugee Week, the international week which celebrates the positive contribution that refugees make to society.

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“Smiling is the best way to say welcome”: watch a new film by refugees

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Question: What do Rachel Weisz, Omid Djalili and Rita Ora have in common?

Answer: They are all refugees.

Their families have all had to flee their homelands and make a new life in a new place.

This Refugee Week, a host of budding refugee-directors are following in their footsteps down the red carpet. They have been working with the arts organisation Cardboard Cameras to create this fantastic stop motion animation.

Check it out and enjoy!

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Dynamo brings a bit of magic to refugees in Liverpool

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Dynamo in Liverpool

Don’t believe in magic?

Many of the refugees in our Liverpool drop-in centre could be forgiven for not believing.

They have fled their homes and fetched up halfway around the world.

Some of them, owing to bureaucratic delays and restrictions in the immigration system, are homeless and hungry.

Enter Dynamo, world-renowned magician and illusionist.

The magician made a surprise visit ahead of a gig in Liverpool. And he put on quite a show.

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Syrian family reunited – “words can’t describe how happy I am”

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Omar’s first birthday will live long in his family’s memory.

After four months of separation, they were reunited just in time to celebrate Omar’s birthday together.

Theirs is a story of the terrible strain on families affected by the Syrian war.

Families forced at short notice to make heart-wrenching choices.

Families waiting to be reunited

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