20 Refugee Stories

Here are the stories of 20 very different people, who have one thing in common – they are all refugees.

We’re inviting you to ‘meet’ one of these 20 people as part of Refugee Week 2018’s 20 Simple Acts campaign, marking 20 years of Refugee Week.

When you’ve read their story, invite someone else to discover it too by sharing it on social media using #SimpleActs.

 

1. Farid, 21, from Afghanistan: Eastenders Helped Me Integrate In British Society

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Read Farid’s story

Part of Vice’s New Neighbours series

 

2. Helal, 21 from Syria: What I Learned Trying to Become a Pro Footballer in the UK

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Read Helal’s story

Part of Vice’s New Neighbours series

 

3. Mohamed, 19, from Somalia: All the Gaffes I’ve Made Since Arriving in the UK

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Read Mohamed’s story

Part of Vice’s New Neighbours series

 

4. Majid Adin: The Refugee Who Smuggled Himself Out of Camps and into ‘Rocket Man’

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Read Majid’s story

Via Vice

 

5. Yonasskindis: Former bar owner and accountant, living with a couple in Birmingham

Read and watch video about Yonasskindis and the Parles

Via UNHCR

 

6. Razan Alsous: Syrian pioneer of Yorkshire halloumi cheese

Read and watch video about Razan’s story

Via UNHCR

 

7. Marwan Mousa: Kurdish painter in Belfast

Read and watch video about Marwan’s story

Via UNHCR

 

8. Areej: Sudanese environmental management graduate in London

Read Areej’s story

Via UNHCR

 

9. Fahd Saleh: Former professional goalkeeper from Syria and football coach

Read Fahd’s story

Via UNHCR

 

10. Shukria Rezaei: Young poet from Afghanistan

Read Shukria’s story

Via UNHCR

 

11. Farhood: Liverpool-based poet and rapper from Iran

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Read Farhood’s story

Via Crack Magazine

 

12. Einstein: Physicist

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Read Einstein’s story

Via UNHCR

 

13. Hong Dam: Digital artist from Vietnam

Read Hong Dam’s story

Via Traces Project

 

14. al-Saddiq al-Raddi: One of the leading African poets writing in Arabic

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Read al-Saddiq’s story

Via Traces Project

 

15. Rita Ora: Singer, songwriter and actress

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Read Rita’s story

Via Traces Project

 

16. M.I.A.:  Singer, songwriter and visual artist

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Read M.I.A.’s story

Via Traces Project

 

17. Marina Lewycka: Author of ‘A short history of tractors in Ukrainian’

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Photo: Ben McMillan

Read Marina’s story

Via Traces Project

 

18. Lucian Freud, Artist

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Read Lucian Freud’s story

Via Traces Project

 

19. Peter Moro CBE: Architect

Read Peter’s story

Via Traces Project

 

20. Alek Wek: Supermodel and UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador

Read Alek’s story

Via UNHCR