Personal Experiences and Stories of Young Refugees and Asylum Seekers

The YouTube videos below have been researched and compiled by Dr Farkhondeh Farsimadan, a Chartered Counselling Psychologist, who is an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society and an HCPC registered psychologist.  

Please use the links below to view these YouTube presentations. 

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If you had to flee your home what would you take? 

  • What They Took with Them:

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UNHCR, 2016, 5:25 minutes

 

A BBC interview with Tousin or Tusse Chiza, a 19-year-old from Democratic Republic of Congo who a decade ago was granted asylum in Sweden, representing his adopted country at the Eurovision Song Contest in Rotterdam in May 2021

  • Eurovision 2021: Tousin- from child refugee to Swedish pop star

Article

BBC News, Newsbeat, 2021, 3:31 minutes

 

YouTube video of Alphonso Davies Canadian international footballer talking to BBC Football Focus about his journey from Ghanaian refugee to teenage Bayern Munich star:

  • From Ghanaian refugee to teenage Bayern star

Article 

BBC Sport, 2020, 3:58 minutes

 

Alphonso Davies becomes the first footballer to take UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador

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UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, 2021, 1:24 minutes

 

YouTube video presentation focusing on the life of three inspiring refugees:

  • THREE INSPIRING REFUGEES (North Korea, Afghanistan, Syria)

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Drew Binsky, 2020, 14:43 minutes

 

Al Jazeera REWIND follows Palestinian refugee Mohamad Fahed who won Horizon Foundation scholarships to Eton College and UCL in London & now works as an engineer in the UK

  • Mohamad at Eton: from refugee Camp to UK Boarding School, REWIND

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Al Jazeera English, REWIND, 2018, 25 minutes

 

YouTube video presentation of acclaimed American author Khaled Hosseini who knows what it's like to be a refugee

  • Khaled Hosseini tells his refugee story:

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UNHCR, 2014, 5:14 minutes

 

YouTube video presentation of UNHCR goodwill ambassador Cate Blanchett meeting successful business owner and refugee Razan Alsous

  • Business owner and refugee talks about her successful business:

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UNHCR, 2019, 4:01 minutes

 

YouTube video of Douglas Booth UNHCR high profile supporter meeting trainee pilot and Syrian refugee, Maya Ghazal

  • Becoming the first ever female Syrian refugee pilot:

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UNHCR, 2019, 4:06 minutes

 

YouTube video presentation of Jawahir Roble "JJ" UK's first FA registered Muslim female referee

  • From refugee to the UK’s first FA registered Muslim female referee:

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Paypal UK, 2019, 2:32 minutes 

 

YouTube video of Lovren LFC footballer telling the harrowing story of how his family were forced to flee the Bosnian war

  • Lovren: My Life as a Refugee:

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LFCTV, 2017, 22 minutes

 

YouTube video of Rita Ora: "As a refugee you never want to hear the words 'get out'."

  • Rita Ora: My experience as a refugee:

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Channel 4 News, 2015, 4:13 minutes

 

YouTube video of model Halima Aden visiting the refugee camp she was born in

  • Halima Aden visits Kakuma refugee camp in Kenya:

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Teen Vogue, 2018, 13:43 minutes

 

YouTube videos of the author Viet Thanh Nguyen sharing his experiences as a refugee

  • The Refugees' Pulitzer Prize-winning author Viet Thanh Nguyen shares memories of being a refugee from South Vietnam:

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Late Night with Seth Meyers, 2017, 3:14 minutes

 

  • Jeffrey Brown speaks with Pulitzer-prize winning author Viet Thanh Nguyen about his book "Refugees", which explores life caught between two worlds: 

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PBS NewsHour, 2017, 5:56 minutes

 

YouTube video of Ger Duany, a Sudanese actor, model and speaker on being a child soldier, refugee, and now a UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador for the East and Horn of Africa

  • Ger Duany, from one of Sudanese 'lost boys' to a UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador:

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TEDx Talks, 2016, 20:05 minutes

 

From a Syrian war zone to work experience in Parliament: one refugee's story

  • Until three years ago Ishmael was living in the infamous Calais jungle, now he is getting ready to sit his final term at university in the UK:

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ITV News, 2018, 3:12 minutes

 

YouTube video of Anh Do Australian comedian describing his experience of being attacked by pirates on his way to Australia as a Vietnamese refugee child and how the experience inspired him to write a book

  • From a Vietnamese refugee child to one of Australia's favourite comedians and author: "The Happiest Refugee":

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ABC TV & iview, 2011, 7 minutes

 

YouTube videos of Jamal Osman, now a journalist, personal journey on the refugee road:

  • On the refugee road - Jamal Osman's story (Part 1):

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Channel 4 News, 12 minutes

 

  • On the road to South Africa: A migrant's story with Jamal Osman:

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Channel 4 News, 12:27 minutes

 

  • Loneliness and pain on Mtwara Beach:

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Channel News 4, 1:46 minutes

 

  • I had no money -- so I could not eat:

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Channel 4 News, 2:17 minutes

 

  • Pretending to be deaf to survive:

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Channel 4 News, 1:45 minutes

 

  • The Somalis did not help me -- but one man did:

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Channel 4 News, 1:57 minutes

 

  • South Africa: I'm lucky, but others still struggle:

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Channel 4 News, 2:01 minutes

 

YouTube videos of Abdi-Aziz Suleiman's lived experience as a young refugee growing up in the UK:

  • How I became a refugee:

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The University of Sheffield, 1:05 minutes

 

  • I am a 'bad' migrant:

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The University of Sheffield, 1:22 minutes

 

  • Thinking like a refugee:

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The University of Sheffield, 1:37 minutes