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Maya Ghazal: “A refugee can be anyone, like a pilot flying your plane – a pilot like me!”

From being forced to flee to flying airplanes, Maya Ghazal embodies the spirit and resilience of refugees in the UK.

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Shazia’s definition of ‘A refugee is…’ honours her grandmother, Roshan, who came to the UK as a refugee from Tanzania in 1979.

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Meet Mevan Babakar

Born in Baghdad to Kurdish parents, Mevan Babakar was exposed to the uprisings in Iraq, together with genocide against the Kurdish community.

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“A refugee is… my grandmother who is the life of the party; always first on the dancefloor and last one to leave!”

Shazia’s definition of ‘A refugee is…’ honours her grandmother, Roshan, who came to the UK as a refugee from Tanzania in the early 1970s.

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“Ahlam – my gifted friend, my collaborator, my teacher, my inspiration”

Ahlam fled Syria at the beginning of the war, some of her family staying behind, whilst she brought the children with her.

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A doctor who knows no borders: meet Dr Daryelowm from Tigray

Dr Daryelowm worked as a specialist at a hospital in western Tigray.

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