Category: Refugee services

“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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From Syria to Germany – Leen’s story

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You might remember Leen.

Last November we met her at her lowest point. At just 16 years old, she had fled her home in Damascus with her younger sister and mother.

Leen was exhausted and shaken from her journey but relieved to have reached temporary safety at a refugee camp on the border of Macedonia and Greece.

Months later, Leen got back in touch with us via Facebook to say she had finally arrived in Germany. We recently travelled to Berlin to find out how she is settling into her new life.

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Refugee Reporting Award: and the winner is..

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Eritrea man walks past building

Many congratulations to Matina Stevis and Joe Parkinson who last night won the prestigious Refugee Reporting Award at the One World Media Awards.

Their project was one of three outstanding nominated pieces shining a light on one story among 60 million.

That’s because today, 60 million people worldwide have been forced to flee their homes because of violence and conflict. 

We caught up with the nominees and asked them about their work.

Take a look and let us know which story was your favourite. 

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“They gave my family a future”: how the Red Cross helped reunite one Syrian family

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Hussin Zahra and family

How bad would things have to get before you chose to leave your town, your village?

Hussin’s family waited until the gunfire carried on right through the night.

After a horrendous journey in a boat across the Mediterranean, the Red Cross has helped Hussin reunite with his family in Birmingham.

As the family’s story features on the BBC this week, find out how they were reunited against the odds.

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