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    “All the customers ask me why I’m smiling.”
    Abdisa, Mursal, Nataliia and Kalunga describe their struggles finding work as a refugee to the UK, and how their lives have changed since.
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    Jamal, Mohammed, and Isayas
    Three teenage boys describe not being believed about their age, and their worries in adult accommodation.
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    Mohanad’s Story
    To mark the start of Refugee Week 2023, Mohanad describes how a more compassionate approach would be better for all of us.
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    Ali Martin’s story
    Ali Martin is from Sierra Leone where he campaigned for the rights of other disabled people. After a new government came to power, his life was in danger, and he claimed asylum in the UK.
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    Anna’s story
    Anna and her husband ran a clothing factory in the centre of Ukraine, which is now making clothing for the military. Anna and her two daughters came to the UK in April on the Homes for Ukraine Scheme
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    Liliia’s story
    Before the outbreak of conflict, Lilliia enjoyed her life in Mariupol, where she had lived all her life and worked as an accountant. But everything changed for her on 24th February 2022 when she woke to the sound of bombs.
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    Marta’s story
    In Odessa, Marta ran her own business and worked for the local council. When the war started out, she kept working for four months, helping distribute humanitarian aid, but a bomb near her house convinced her to leave for the sake of her son.
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    Farzad describes the impact of long waits in the asylum system
    Asylum backlogs are affecting the mental health and wellbeing of people seeking asylum.
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    Adil’s story
    Adil knew his job was dangerous to him and his family but he was proud to serve his country. However, as the Taliban grew in prominence again, Adil knew he had to get out of his country to take his family to safety.
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    Raakin’s story
    Having worked for the British Military in Afghanistan as an interpreter in two different roles, Raakin’s life was under threat as soon as the Taliban started taking back territory last year.