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 […]

5 Reasons Why Refugee Women Are Particularly Vulnerable To Violence

Reading Time: 3 minutes By Gabriel Salter, Sona Circle In the last week, the country has been shocked by the murder of Sarah Everard allegedly carried out by a policeman. The violent police suppression of a vigil in her memory further inflamed the issue. It has sparked widespread anger about the scale of violence against women in Britain and […]

Dangerous Tides: Brexit And Sea Crossing Migration

Reading Time: 3 minutes By Shere Hussain, Sona Circle Over the past year, the UK has delt with coronavirus and Brexit, two seismic events that have changed the way we live and govern ourselves. One thing that has not changed, however, is the attempts by refugees to cross the English Channel to seek asylum in the UK. Refugees are […]

Refugee Olympic Team

Reading Time: 3 minutes By Felix Ford, Sona Circle Around every four years, thousands of athletes gather to showcase their sporting ability on the biggest stage of all: The Olympic Games. Since its inception in 1896, the modern Games has been a widely celebrated spectacle that has the power to bring people together from all parts of society. It […]

Refugee Homelessness: A National Crisis

Reading Time: 3 minutes By Gabriel Salter, Sona Circle Refugee homelessness is rampant in the UK and the government is culpable. Hostile laws ban asylum seekers from working and only gives refugees 28 days to get housing before they are evicted from state shelters. This policy has made thousands of refugees homeless. We must push the government to protect […]