This International Migrants Day we recognise and celebrate the contributions of refugees and migrants to the UK society. Alazar, an engineer and activist from Eritrea, was forced to leave his home country and flee to the UK simply for doing the right thing: standing up to injustice.
Sara*, a Kurdish journalist and political activist, has routinely been subject to persecution at the hands of the Turkish authorities due to her Kurdish ethnicity, Alevi faith, political activism and journalism.
“I refused to become a slave of the evil treatment of the government in Eritrea. My rejection has become a crime.”
Hyab’s problems with the regime started when he began working in the Ministry of Education, where he was forced to engage in the government’s illusive political propaganda against his will. Hyab wasn’t willing to compromise and suppress his beliefs and for that he was punished.
“But the night before the meeting, at around midnight, a group of armed men wearing civilian clothes came to my house to arrest me. They forced my door open, telling me they would kill me if I didn’t obey.”
Amir’s story brings a smile to my face. Running 15km now seems much easier compared to the challenges Amir had to overcome. I feel privileged to be able to play my small part and give back to those brave people who have fought for their and our rights.
Bashir was forced to flee Sudan in order to save his life. Now he has a Masters in Environmental Engineering and is rebuilding his life, thanks to you