On the Subject of Being Literate

Reading Time: 2 minutes By Linda Arowolo, Sona Circle Without romanticising words, words bring life. It allows you to imagine, describe and shape how you perceive the world. Sometimes it can influence us unknowingly, where we internalise ideas and opinions about other groups of people and their experiences.   Being able to read and write words gives you the […]

The Cut

Reading Time: 3 minutes By Linda Arowolo, Sona Circle In many instances, harmful and violent actions towards the most vulnerable in society have been justified by culture. Yet culture is not primordial. Throughout history, this entity has consistently been adapted, scrapped or evolved to suit the needs of a people, aid development and protect people from violent acts. Culture […]

His House Review

Reading Time: 4 minutes By Linda Arowolo, Sona Circle His House is a film that explores the cost of seeking security from conflict and what you will do to achieve it. It exposes the mental horrors of refugees and can be described as a horror-thriller. It follows Bol and Rial Manjur (played by Wunmi Mosaku and Sopé Dìrísù), a […]

Ramadan In Ronhingya Refugee Camps

Reading Time: 3 minutes By Shere Hussain, Sona Circle The Holy month of Ramadan occurs on the ninth month of the Muslim calendar. Muslims believe it was during this month that God revealed the first verses of the Quran, the central religious text, to prophet Muhammad, on the evening known as The Night of Power (or referred to as […]

Refugees and the Climate Crisis: We Must Act Now

Reading Time: 4 minutes By Gabriel Salter, Sona Circle Climate change is causing a global refugee crisis. Global warming caused by humans is increasingly creating droughts, floods, typhoons, and rising sea levels which force millions across the world to flee their homes every year. Scientists predict that by 2050 climate change will cause 300 million people to be displaced […]

The Yazidi Genocide – 6 Years Later

Reading Time: 3 minutes By Shere Hussain, Sona Circle Since the Syrian Civil War in 2011 and the emergence of ISIS, it has been estimated that over 16 million people have been displaced due to sectarian violence. Over 2 million refugees and Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) have fled their home towns and countries and have found refuge in Iraqi […]

How Can Refugees Get Help With Housing In The UK?

Reading Time: 3 minutes By Gabriel Salter, Sona Circle Homelessness is one of the biggest issues refugees face in the UK. In most of our major cities, a quarter of those sleeping rough are refugees and thousands more are without a permanent home. After being forced to flee horrible conditions in their home countries and travelling long journeys for […]

Mental Health Crisis Amongst Asylum Seekers And Refugees

Reading Time: 3 minutes By Felix Ford, Sona Circle Awareness around mental health has been increasing for several years and has continued to be at the forefront of minds amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. The uncertainty around life over the past 12 months has affected people in different ways, but it is common knowledge most have struggled with the life […]

Refugees In Film: Part 1

Reading Time: 5 minutes By George Maskell, Sona Circle It’s 2021, and streaming platforms are the new normal; for now, at least. The good news in all of this is that there is a much more efficient way to share information and relevant topics to the masses. Refugees have been featured in Hollywood movies for years, but they were […]