Monthly Archives: January 2020

A decade of being a Refugee

2019 was a year of learning, new opportunities and challenges. Now letโ€™s focus on the 2020 vision and mission.

Experienced travelling across the UK to do talks and contribute to discussions and debates on asylum and refugees. I have continued with public speaking, Refugee advocacy, activism and campaigning and done around 80 talks during the year. 60 or so media interviews, shared my experiences & thoughts and advocated for compassionate politics and policies.

MPA Graduation ๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐ŸŽ“ from CTPSR at Coventry university

Wrote to SoC, refugee welcome network/groups to collaborate and work together.

We put together the new materials for the updated version of TLS, which was publicised in spring.

Competed a Life in the UK test and applied for citizenship

Connect with Refugee .org on advocacy/campaigning work as part of MBK

Started working on another book ๐Ÿ“š

Travelled to ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ด ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ท ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ช ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡น ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ฟ

๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ

My Bright Kite is two year old: we do school talks and workshops on refugee awareness and much more:

I have also joined as speaker member of the Speakers Collective:

Settle College students inspired by visit by Afghan political refugee Gulwali Passarlay:

Gulwali Passarlay migrated from Afghanistan to the UK aged 12.

Hostile environment policy ‘putting refugees at risk:

Gulwali Passarlay: My Journey as an Afghan Refugee:

Full Disclosure With James O’Brien: Refugee Gulwali Passarlay On His Journey To The UK:

Empathy and literature event in Athens, WeNeedBooks:

Good Morning Britain:

Channel 5:



Our Blood project:

Change Maker magazine:

World Wide Tribe Podcast:

Be The Change:

Here some of the talks I have done and contributed to events:

Cambridge university, PCGE conference

Bristol TACT fostering agency visit

Baines school talks Blackpool

Welcome Tent โ›บ๏ธ KARN event Kent

Janagla fundraising event London

Excelsior academy talks, Newcastle

Academy 360 visit in Sunderland

Kings Edward VI school talks in Stratford upon Avon

HTCE school talks in Great cheverell

Art of Hope, mental health event London

NEU Leeds education conference

Sheffield Hallam uni talk

Community service event London

Salford uni social workers students talk

NHS safeguarding conference Exeter

Visit to Harrogate for school talks and evening event CoS

IWM exhibition talk

Doctors of The World clinic launch event

Ellesmere college/school visit and talks

Refugym fundraising event Kent

QARN Quaker Conference in Birmingham

Migration Yorkshire Integration Festival leeds

SonaTalk London

OSH residential in Elstree

APP event London

Manchester CoS Big event

MBK training event for professionals in Leeds

The King ๐Ÿ‘‘ school, Peterborough

Queenโ€™s marry school ๐Ÿซ thirst

Brighouse sixth form college visit

IofC migration panel

Refugee book launch Nottingham

York refugee event

Bootham school talk to students

Huddersfield library ๐Ÿ“š refugee event

Oxford uni, in conversation event

RAS voice group meeting Manchester

Safe passage event London

Barroward primary school

NHS mental health event, London

HELOA event at Salford uni

PHE conference, Liverpool refugee health

Loreto college, award evening presentation

St James church panel discussion

Baku intercultural dialogue conference

Kent uni, Brussels migration panel event

Watford refugee group AGM talk

Refugee welcome film, discussion London

Unclan, Lancashire Council event

MUN France conference, Lille Keynote

Ripon CoS event

Meeting TCS youth group in Coventry

Goldsmith uni SU talk

Craven college talk/workshop

Conference on empowering young people at Royal Wootton Bassett Academy

Meeting with Afghans refugees and charities

Do Your Part Community centre

Home Project visit in Athens

Visit to Athens, talks at We Need Books event

Talk to health professionals/medical students at the UoM

Parntone girls school in Poole

HOME Project talk at MMU

Radnor school talk

Nidderdale school visit

University of Exeter, talk to students

Laura Devine Law event, fundraising for Refugee Action

Afghan sport personalities gathering

Strasbourg EY seminar on young refugees