Life as a refugee

Close your eyes.


What might it be like to have to flee from your home?

Leave behind your possessions.

Say goodbye to friends and family.

Leave your community and your country.


What might it be like to be a refugee?

These resources tell the stories of people like you or me who have had to leave behind their lives and become refugees.

The circumstances in which people are forced to flee their homes may feel beyond our control. But there are often small acts of kindness each and every one of us can do to make a positive difference.

Now take a look at The Walk

At the heart of The Walk is ‘Little Amal’, a 3.5 metre-tall puppet of a young refugee girl, created by the acclaimed Handspring Puppet Company. Representing all displaced children, many separated from their families, Little Amal will travel over 8,000km from the Syrian-Turkey border to the UK, embodying the urgent message “Don’t forget about us”. 

Other resources

The Bee Keeper of Aleppo by Christy Lefteri

Nuri is a beekeeper; his wife, Afra, an artist. They live happily in the beautiful Syrian city of Aleppo – until the unthinkable happens and they are forced to flee. But what Afra has seen is so terrible she has gone blind, and so they must embark on a perilous journey through Turkey and Greece towards an uncertain future in Britain. As Nuri and Afra travel through a broken world, they must confront not only the pain of their own unspeakable loss but dangers that would overwhelm the bravest of souls. Review by Daunt Books

The Optician of Lampedusa.

In this book, Emma Jane Kirby tells the story of the refugee crises through the eyes of a bystander caught up in the migration of people across the Mediterranean. 


photo of Berlin building covered in life jackets
Life Jackets Ai Wei Wei

Artist Ai Weiwei collected over 14 000 lifejackets abandoned on the shores of Lesbos a Greece Island in the middle of the path refugees take to flee Syria for Europe. he displayed the jackets on the columns of the Konzerhaus in Berlin to highlight the plight of people seeking refuge in Europe. 

Take a look at the Nakba project- Return of the Soul

You can watch a short YouTube film about this project.

More resources to come

Page created May 2021