Hamed's story - Refugee Council

Hamed’s story

"The incredible welcome we have had from the people of Hull has made it easy for us to call Hull home. Without the Refugee Council we could not have managed in our new lives in the UK. They helped us with every step."

In Iraq I worked as a tailor for the British armed forces. After troops left the country we received death threats from the militia. Then they began to shoot at my house. They made attempts to kill me and my family.

I made the impossible decision of leaving my country, my job, my home and taking my family to Syria in search of safety. Then, war broke out there too.

After five years, everything we had was gone, our money had run out. We had reached the lowest possible point. We had nothing. Resettlement was our final hope.

When we arrived in Hull it was wonderful. The Refugee Council helped us find our feet. My neighbour on the first day came over to visit me, and said if you need anything, come to us. They gave us a gift.

Life in Iraq and Syria was so difficult. It was hard for children to go to school. There was no future for my kids. Hospitals are in very bad condition. You can’t walk in the street. There is violence between the militias. They kidnap and rape every day. They shoot and they kill in the streets. Here we can live in peace. My children can get an education.

We try our best to make the most of everything and we are so thankful to the UK government and its people.

Resettlement changed our lives forever. Now, my two boys are studying at college and my daughter is set to go to university next year. I’m working as a taxi driver and as I am a huge history fan I am now working with the museums in Hull. I feel a deep connection between Hull and my home city as they are both historic port towns. I’m involved in making a film to celebrate Hull as the European capital of culture.


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