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15 June 2017

A struggle against the odds

“Rafique is fighter and he will never give up ” (Rafique’s Mother) Rafique would always struggle against the odds. He always put every effort into everything he did. Despite coming from a poor family, he worked and studied relentlessly in his home country so he could apply to a top university in the UK. An…

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28 May 2017

CASE STUDY: Parents abandoned by their son

The story of Mehreen and Usama The below is from Mehreen’s perspective, translated to English. My name is Mehreen, I’m 70 years old and my husband Usama is 74. I look after him, over the past few years, since we have come to the UK, his body has deteriorated. My daughter in law would make…

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28 May 2017

CASE STUDY: A crippling past

“A considerable amount of research has found that trauma has negative effects on physical health” As a caseworker, I have never met someone like Ayaan, her story shook me and brought me to tears. I met Ayaan when I visited one of the Supported Housing Projects that the National Zakat Foundation funds. When I saw…

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21 May 2017

Happy endings…

Yusuf had seen the effects of war scatter his people in their millions to refugee camps and neighbouring countries in Africa – and in their hundreds of thousands to the UK, Canada and the United States. His country had experienced a modern history of independence, prosperity and democracy in the 1960s, military dictatorship in the 1970s…

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