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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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Wheels of recovery: how a wheelchair helped mend a broken ice-skater

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Julie with her broken leg in a cast

When Julie Maxwell left hospital after weeks of being treated for a badly broken leg, she was keen to get home. But she dreaded being confined to the sofa.

The primary school secretary from Donaghadee in Northern Ireland had been on a trip to the Big Apple with her friend Zara-lee.

But her decision to skate around the famous ice rink at New York’s Rockefeller Centre just one last time had shattered Julie’s holiday – and leg – to pieces.

Fortunately going home was not as bad as Julie had imagined – all because of a little help from a wheelchair.

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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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Refugee writers face the ultimate test: peek behind the scenes at Hay festival

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Theresa Mgadzah Jones with two of her class

You’ll no doubt have heard about the Europe refugee crisis almost every day for months now. But among the daily news headlines the voices of those who have fled conflict and persecution can be lost – especially the voices of women.

Today is different. Ten women will be sharing their personal stories at the Hay Literary Festival in Hay-on-Wye.

These women all have a different story to tell. They have found their voices and formed a strong support group at the free English lessons provided by the British Red Cross in Newport.

Now they are putting their English to the test –performing in front of a festival crowd.

Don’t have tickets to Hay? Here is an exclusive sneak peak of what they have come to share.

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Festival ready? Don’t forget these five festival essentials

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Group of people at a music festivalIt’s time to dig out your wellies, dust off your tent and hunt for that hard-earned ticket you spent ages queuing online for. The festival season is upon us.

Whether you’re off to the cultural sensation that is WOMAD, or escaping the hustle and bustle of modern life at Wilderness – the festival checklist is always the same.

Wellies: check. Trendy (or outrageous) hat: check. A waterproof tent: well, fingers crossed.

Even if you do forget something, you can usually improvise – ask anyone who’s ever rocked the bin-bag poncho look.

But even so, there are a few small things well-worth taking. Don’t forget these five festival essentials.

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Dad saves son choking on 20p coin

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Ugo with his son Reuben. He used first aid when his son was choking on a 20p coin.

Many of us will give our dads little tokens of appreciation to mark Father’s Day this month. But some of us may have more reason than others to express our thanks – like little Reuben.

After coming home from a family day out, dad Ugo had laid Reuben down to change his nappy – something he’d done hundreds of times before.

But unbeknown to Ugo, Reuben was holding on to a 20 pence coin his uncle had given to him as pocket money earlier on that day.

When Ugo turned his back, Reuben put the coin in his mouth – and started to choke.

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