Francis Ngannou: From The Underdog To The Favourite

Reading Time: 3 minutes By Shere Hussain, Sona Circle Francis Ngannou made history by becoming the first African to win the heavyweight championship after defeating Stipe Miocic at UFC 260. As talented a fighter Francis Ngannou is, his journey to success and becoming a heavyweight champion showed qualities of determination and fight from a young age – all of […]

Stop The Government’s Harsh New Refugee Policy

Reading Time: 3 minutes By Gabriel Salter, Sona Circle Last week, home secretary Priti Patel announced the government’s new immigration policy. It effectively bans refugees who travel through Europe from seeking protection in the UK and punishes victims of smuggling. It is a deeply hostile policy that violates international law and will worsen the living conditions of many refugees […]

Easter Sunday – Jesus Was A Refugee

Reading Time: 3 minutes By Felix Ford, Sona Circle Each year, many people across the world celebrate the belief in the resurrection of Jesus Christ on Easter Sunday. The Christian festival falls between the 22nd of March and the 25th of April, taking place on the first Sunday after the Paschal full moon. Religion plays a significant part in […]

Financial Inclusion For Refugees

Reading Time: 3 minutes By Felix Ford, Sona Circle A major barrier for most refugees when looking to establish a life for themselves in new locations is the ability to open a bank account. Without one, individuals are unable to receive money, make payments, start a tenancy, or even have a safe place to begin to save funds. Currently, […]

Brands That Care

Reading Time: 3 minutes By George Maskell, Sona Circle Year upon year, businesses seem to spend more of their resources on CSR (corporate social responsibility). Whether this is just to make themselves look good or not, it doesn’t change the fact that they are spending more money to help people. Although this is true for many companies, there are […]

Bangladesh Independence Day

Reading Time: 4 minutes By Shere Hussain, Sona Circle Bangladesh Independence Day, takes place annually on 26th March, commemorates the day Bangladesh gained independence from Pakistan. After months of conflict in 1971, which was named by Bangladesh as The Liberation War, West Pakistan (known now as Pakistan) and East Pakistan (known now as Bangladesh) separated. The Atrocities that formed […]

The Tigray Refugee Crisis: 5 Things You Should Know

Reading Time: 3 minutes By Gabriel Salter, Sona Circle A humanitarian crisis has broken out in Ethiopia. Federal government and Eritrean forces have invaded the region of Tigray, causing thousands of refugees to flee to neighbouring Sudan. Here are 5 things you should know about the crisis. Over 60,000 Ethiopians have sought refuge in Sudan due to civil war […]

International Day For The Elimination Of Racial Discrimination, 21March

Reading Time: 3 minutes By Shere Hussain, Sona Circle WHAT IS THE INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR THE ELIMINATION OF RACIAL DISCRIMINATION? The International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination is a day created by the United Nations which aims to stop people being discriminated against because of their race. The UN general assembly called on the international community to […]

World Poetry Day – ‘Lament For Syria’

Reading Time: 3 minutes By Felix Ford, Sona Circle In 1999, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) established a day for the celebration of poetry – “World Poetry Day” – to take place annually on the 21st of March. This year, World Poetry Day coincides with the week that marks 10 years since the start of […]

Red Nose Day: Comic Relief And Its Initiatives For Change

Reading Time: 3 minutes By George Maskell, Sona Circle Why is this day special? March 19, 2021; is red nose day. What is red nose day? Good Question. Back in 1988, Comic Relief (British charity) started a biennial celebration in which people wear round red plastic (plastic free from 2021) noses. This may seem like a strange idea for […]