We all know about the war in Syria, and most of us have an opinion about it, but very few of us have had the opportunity to sit in a refugee’s tent and listen to their story. Refugees’ Stories aims to change that.
9: Kazi's Story
Kazi tells the story of how he left Bangladesh to study dentistry in the UK, and ended up becoming an LGBTQIA+ activist and building a new life.
8: Nadim's Story - A Bangladeshi asylum seeker living in the UK
This episode follows Nadim, a young man from Dhaka, Bangladesh who has sought asylum in the UK because of his sexuality.
Episode Seven: Abu Mustafa's Story
Abu Mustafa has lost a lot in the war, but still holds onto the hope of seeing his daughter again.
Special Episode: Livelihood Skills for Refugees
Andreas explains the difficulties that Syrian men face finding decent work in the Beqaa Valley, and why it's important to support livelihood skills for refugees.
Episode Six: Afaf's Story
Afaf loves her husband and children, but looking after her family is tough without having a proper house or the economic resources that she'd like. In this episode, Afaf talks about the tradition of girls marrying young in Syria, and how marrying young impacted her life.
Episode Five: Salem's Story
Salem is a friendly and generous man who loves to look after all of the children in the settlement, not just his own. In this episode, we learn about what compels him to do this, his experiences in the military and his love of organic gardening.
Powerful and personal
Podcasts and personal storytelling are a perfect match and this episode is a beautifully produced blend of social history, journalism and personal story. I was moved by Khansa's experience, her story made more effective by the rich political and historical detail and the pitch-perfect narration of Jessica. This podcast is a spot where art, politics, human rights and journalism collide. Kudos to all involved. The hard work of production (archival content, pace, tone and placement of music) may not be evident to all, but it packed a punch!
Siobhan McHugh, Sydney, Australia - I critique podcasts via the RadioDoc Review website. You might enjoy My Share of the Sky, about Iranian refugees in Norway.