Category: Refugee services

“We are a family again”: Syrian refugees start a new life in Glasgow

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Syrian refugees now living in Glasgow, Mohamed, Amina and their five children stand togather and smile at the camera

Mohamed, Amina and their children © Emma Levy/British Red Cross

“We are a family again.”

Amina smiled as she described how it felt to be reunited with her husband Mohamed after years of being apart.

“The children were always asking about their dad.

“I sometimes didn’t know how to explain our situation to them. It was very difficult. I felt I wasn’t living – I was just existing.”

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“In the UK there is humanity”: how a young man is building hope for the future

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Three teenage boys play Jenga, a game in which they build a tabletop tower out of wooden blocks, at a group for refugees

A Surviving to thriving project group for young refugees © Dan Burwood/British Red Cross

Seventeen-year-old Hama* prefers not to talk about being forced to flee his home country of Iraq.

Instead, his focus is on his new life in the UK.

“Arriving in the UK, I was born again,” he said. “I couldn’t be happier. There is a lot of badness in my country but in the UK there is humanity.”

Hama came to the UK from Calais last year. He was one of the unaccompanied children transferred here when the “Jungle” camp closed.

Arriving in a new and unfamiliar country was a strange and exciting experience for him.

“I saw the cars drive on the opposite side of the road from my country. It was different and a bit strange for me. That was the sign that I knew I’m in England now. I will never forget that moment.”

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Living with loneliness as a refugee

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With all the stigma and stress refugees and asylum seekers face, loneliness is not seen as an obvious problem. It is.

There are many reasons refugees and asylum seekers experience loneliness. They have to contend with language barriers and cultural differences and are often separated from family and friends. They also often lack the income to be socially involved.

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Refugee media awards – recognising the importance of good storytelling

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Compelling and accurate reporting has never been more important, especially when it comes to stories about refugees, a subject that incites a range of emotions.

Held at the end of June, the Scottish Refugee Festival’s Media Awards recognised several journalists telling compelling stories that relate to areas of British Red Cross work.

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Make time for a conversation this Refugee Week – part two

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Sometimes, they say, the greatest adventure is simply a conversation.

Filmed in time for Refugee Week, this series of conversations give a voice to refugees, their families, their friends and those they live alongside.

Occasionally funny or moving, but always informative, these videos leave the viewer with a deeper appreciation of the extraordinary lives and journeys of refugees living in the UK.

We hope you enjoy them and make time for your own conversations this Refugee Week.

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