Refugee Week

Category - Ambassadors

Somayeh’s story

The Journey Somayeh was born into a strict, conservative Muslim family in Tehran, the capital of Iran. After graduating from university, she began working as a science teacher in high schools. After marrying and having...

Atena’s story

The Journey Atena Kashani, originally from Iran, had a typical childhood in Tehran, enjoying school, friends, and close ties with her grandparents. Eleven years ago, aged just 9, her life changed drastically when her...

Nithi’s story

The Journey Nithi fled his home country of Sri Lanka in 2012 due to the persecution he faced as a member of the Tamil community.  Leaving everything he loved was not easy, but he had no choice. With the international...

Assadullah’s story

The Journey  Assadullah was born in Kabul, Afghanistan and enjoyed a happy childhood, with a close-knit and supportive family. However, with the advent of the civil war in the 90s, they were forcibly displaced multiple...

Deena’s story

The Journey  Deena was born in Kirkuk, Iraq, but she and her family were forced to flee due to political unrest in 1986.  Deena was just shy of ten years old. They trekked for 15 days on foot, to reach the Iranian...

Rnita’s story

The Journey  Rnita grew up in Syria, where she and her family were involved in the anti-Bashar al-Assad revolution.  As such, they lived under the constant threat of harassment, arrest, or even disappearance. Rnita, who...

Tariq’s story

The Journey Born amidst the turmoil of the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan in the late 1980s, Tariq experienced a childhood marked by conflict, displacement, and migration. His family fled, returning to Afghanistan in...

Shankar’s story

The Journey Over thirty years ago, Shankar’s father was a philosophy teacher at a Sri Lankan university, passionately engaged with his students. “It was his dream job”, says Shankar. However, he was unaware that his...

Yaser’s story

The Journey Yaser escaped from his homeland of Iran in 2011, driven away by the Iranian Government’s brutal suppression of its people during the Green Revolution. He travelled to Indonesia, where he embarked on a...

Tahera’s story

The Journey Tahera was working with Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in northern Afghanistan when the Taliban attacked the city in 1998, forcing her to flee the country to avoid execution. Her journey led her to Pakistan...