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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Mother’s Day In The Greek Refugee Camps

Reading Time: 3 minutes By Gabriel Salter & Felix Ford, Sona Circle For many women, Mother’s Day means receiving a card and some flowers showing appreciation for everything they do, or having nice things done for them throughout the day. However, instead of this, millions of displaced women face just another day of difficulty in the inhumane conditions of […]

Triumph In Adversity: Ilhan Omar

Reading Time: 3 minutes     For over 100 years, March 8th has been International Women’s Day. This is a celebration ofwomen’s social, economic and cultural achievements in the face of discrimination and hardship. Today we celebrate Somali-American legislator Ilhan Omar and her incredible rise from refugee to representative in the most powerful country on earth. Early life – […]

Government Kickstart Scheme for Job Creation – 6 Key Points

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Reading Time: 3 minutes Covid-19 has meant significant job losses in many sectors, including hospitality and leisure which employ many young workers who suffer the most in recessions. Youth unemployment has long-term detrimental impacts and spells of unemployment as a young worker can lead to lower pay and more unemployment decades later. Young workers have experienced the highest rates […]

Words for Welcome Refugee Poem

Words for Welcome Refugee Poem

Reading Time: 2 minutes     World Refugee Day takes place on the 20th of June every year. Leading up to this special day, Words for Welcome established a campaign #RefugeeVoice #IAmListening, where one refugee story was shared every day. To conclude this campaign, the team launched the Creatives Competition, which encouraged students globally to write, using these stories […]