Today’s episodes of Refugee Realities continue to tell individual stories that shape and are shaped by experiences of displacement. Focusing on two recent displacement crises, Madison Jansen, Sydney Stevenson and Sveto Muhammad Ishoq speak with an Afghan woman and a Ukrainian woman about the events in their countries and about how they are adapting to finding a new home after living through political upheaval and conflict.
Reflections from a Ukrainian woman
Hosts: Madison Jansen and Sydney Stevenson, MSc students in International Development and Humanitarian Emergencies, LSE
Little has captured public attention like the Russian invasion of Ukraine on February 24th this year. The UN estimates that this led to Europe’s largest refugee crisis since World War II, with more than fourteen million people having fled their homes and nearly seven million Ukrainians seeking asylum in neighbouring countries. One of these people is Olena, a 24-year-old Ukrainian national, who was working in the film industry in the suburbs of Kyiv when Russian forces invaded. Madison and Sydney sit down with Olena to gain an insight into what it was like to be in Ukraine this past February and discuss Olena’s decision to leave her native country for Poland.
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Afghan evacuees in the UK
Host: Sveto Muhammad Ishoq, MSc student in Gender, Development and Globalisation, LSE
Following the Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan in August 2021, tens of thousands of Afghans fled to foreign countries. The UK evacuated around 18,000 people and placed them in temporary housing. Organizations such as the British Red Cross are now seeking to assist Afghans resettling into more permanent homes. In this episode, Sveto Muhammad Ishoq speaks to two guests: Halima, a British-Afghan evacuated last year from Kabul, and Nadine, the Afghan Relocations Project Officer at the British Red Cross. Sveto speaks with Halima about her evacuation experience and her life in one of London’s hotels and learns about the British Red Cross’ programs for newly arrived Afghans.
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