Zafeera’s story

In Sudan Zafeera studied Business Management and she’s now graduated. Her husband Ibrahim worked in a greengrocers ‘The same idea as Tesco, Lidl’. Apart for three years after Ibrahim was forced to flee Sudan the couple kept in touch on the phone and through Facebook and Whatsapp. We have been …

Michael’s story

Michael is a child living with carers in his home country. His mother fled to the UK and lost contact with Michael and his brother for several years. When she was able to make contact with them a year ago she started the process of being able to bring her …

Nazafarin’s story

I was a teacher in Iran and my husband was a mechanical engineer. I had opinions about women’s freedom an unfortunately the government didn’t like it so I left my country to avoid being in prison for the rest of my life. When I left Iran I was one month …

Arash and Maaria

In Iran Arash studied civil engineering and worked as a civil engineer, his wife Maaria studied computing. After changing his religion it was no longer safe for Arash to be in Iran and he fled to the UK. He and Maaria were apart for over two years; “We couldn’t live …

Massoud’s story

“I don’t know which one to hug first” Massoud has been in the UK for two years – when he left Iran his wife Mina was pregnant. His daughter Banu was born whilst they were apart and over the last 18 months he’s watched her grow from a baby into …

Abba’s story

Abba ‘s wife and son stayed behind in Khartoum when he came to seek asylum in the UK and have only been in touch over the phone for the past year. “I am very happy to see them again. I missed my son for the long time I didn’t see …

Dabir and Faridah

Dabir and Faridah were students in their home town in Syria. Dabir also taught English. He travelled to the UK to find safety and they ended up being apart for almost two years. Their only means of keeping in touch during this time was through Whatsapp and other mobile apps. …

Atal’s story

An Afghan refugee. Atal has been in the UK for eight years without his family. His wife and children lived in a refugee camp in Pakistan where he was at least able to visit them occasionally. He and his brother established a life for themselves in the UK whilst he …

Tesfay’s story

Originally from Eritrea, Tesfay had been living alone in the UK whilst his wife Asmarina and son Semere were in Ethiopia. His sole source of income was a bursary giving him an annual income of less than £5000 a year. He applied for visas for his family to join him …

Kaden’s story

Kaden last saw his daughter Alima when she was 12 years old and a child he’d let help him drive by having her change the gears for him. Their life in Iran was very different to the situation they find themselves in now. Kaden lives in the UK and is …