Over the past few weeks, the plight of the Windrush generation has cast light on the complexity of the immigration system, the impact of the ‘hostile environment’ on people in communities across our country, and the fact that individuals are forcibly removed to countries where they have few, if any, support networks and opportunities. Many of those affected by these realities came to this country as unaccompanied children seeking asylum.
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Abdullah left Afghanistan and sought safety in the UK after escaping from forced conscription to the Taliban. Life was tough for him when he got here and he struggled to speak English and ask for help. We matched him up with a volunteer educational mentor and his teachers saw a huge improvement in his confidence and ability to speak English, ask questions, and persevere when things got hard.
"I came to the UK from Afghanistan when I was 16 years old. The reason of my journey was the conflict, which resulted losing both my parents. This wasn’t the only problem, first I had to face the pain of losing my parents, then the lonely journey which had no direction…I mean I didn’t know where I was going…only to run for the safety of my life." After a challenging start to life, Hamid is now in his final year at university and has spoken widely about the way that education has given him hope.