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The leading podcast on asylum, migration and displacement. Asylum Speakers will take you on a journey across the world, without you having to go anywhere. We're here to amplify voices, educate, inspire and debunk some of the common myths and misconceptions around migration today. Join us as we transcend borders, nationalities, religions and languages to hear from the people with which we share this world. Celebrating our differences and recognising what unites us. Listen out for yourself in the words of each guest because at the end of the day we're all human, and always able to find common ground should we choose to.
Music by Alexander Wells
Artwork by Milla Adler


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Asylum Speakers Podcast with Jaz O'Hara: Stories of Migration and Displacement Jaz O'Hara

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    • 5.0 • 2 Ratings

The leading podcast on asylum, migration and displacement. Asylum Speakers will take you on a journey across the world, without you having to go anywhere. We're here to amplify voices, educate, inspire and debunk some of the common myths and misconceptions around migration today. Join us as we transcend borders, nationalities, religions and languages to hear from the people with which we share this world. Celebrating our differences and recognising what unites us. Listen out for yourself in the words of each guest because at the end of the day we're all human, and always able to find common ground should we choose to.
Music by Alexander Wells
Artwork by Milla Adler


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    52. REUNITED AFTER TEN YEARS: The story of Mez and his little brother Josi: Part Two

    52. REUNITED AFTER TEN YEARS: The story of Mez and his little brother Josi: Part Two

    The final part of the story!!!
    Welcome back to the Asylum Speakers Podcast! I can’t believe it’s been so long since the last episode, and so much has happened since then… and that’s what this episode is here to fill you in on today!!!
    If you haven’t yet listened to the last episode that we put out, (about my foster brother Mez trying everything to get his younger biological brother Josi safely to the UK), I would highly recommend you go back and listen to that episode, because it sets the context for today’s episode.
    To give you a brief overview…Mez left his country of Eritrea as an unaccompanied child, fleeing compulsory military service, nearly 10 years ago, crossing the Sahara, the Mediterranean sea and hiding underneath the Eurotunnel train to make it to the safety of the UK, where he became my foster brother. (He shares that whole journey in Season One of this podcast if you want to go back and listen). A few years after Mez left, his younger brother Josi also fled Eritrea for the same reasons. He too crossed the Sahara, after which he got stuck in Libya, where he tried several times to cross the mediterranean sea unsuccessfully. Here, he had a very difficult time, facing modern day slavery, forced imprisonment and many other life-threatening risks. During this time, Mez was doing everything he could to bring Josi to us and our family in the UK, safely and legally. It was a long and painful process that at times seemed impossible.
    In today’s episode, you will be hearing the climax of this journey, the most incredible reunion of Mez and his brother Josi, and what life has been like since they found their way back to each other after ten years aart and many, many challenges. You'll hear from Mez, my mum, Mez and Josi's immigration lawyer and most importantly... Josi himself!
    Let us know what you think of this episode by sending us a message on Instagram
    To support the show and help us to keep bringing you these stories: https://www.patreon.com/asylumspeakers

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    • 1 hr 3 min
    51. REUNITED AFTER TEN YEARS: The story of Mez and his little brother Josi: Part One

    51. REUNITED AFTER TEN YEARS: The story of Mez and his little brother Josi: Part One

    This is an episode and a story that I’ve been wanting to share for nearly two years... and I am so happy to finally be able to do so!
    This episode is about my Eritrean foster brother Mez and his younger brother Josi. A few years after Mez left Eritrea to avoid compulsory military service, so too did his little brother Josi. Josi is two years younger than Mez and they grew up doing everything together. They wore the same clothes, liked all the same things and Mez described him as being his little shadow. So despite Mez’s warnings of how dangerous it was, it’s no wonder that when he also became of age to be called up to the military, Josi chose to follow in his older brothers footsteps and flee the dictatorship in which he lived, in the hope of joining his older brother here in the UK. 
    Unfortunately, since Mez made the 9-month journey, things have only got harder, and Josi has spent the last four years on this journey. Most of that time he has been trapped in Libya, trying to cross the Mediterranean sea to make it to the safety of Europe. He has attempted the sea crossing four times, been captured by the Libyan coastguard four times, thrown into Libyan smuggler prison and suffered the unimaginable horrors that come with that. Beatings, torture, modern day slavery, starvation and more.
    This is the story of how Mez has spent the last few years doing everything he possibly can to get his brother to safety. It's a very personal episode and I hope you enjoy it. Part two coming soon!
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    • 44 min
    50. Imad's Syrian Kitchen with Imad Al Arnab

    50. Imad's Syrian Kitchen with Imad Al Arnab

    In today’s episode I speak to the wonderful Imad Al Arnab of Imad’s Syrian Kitchen. Imad has such an amazing story. He was a successful restaurateur in his home city of Damascus, Syria where he owned multiple restaurants, several juice bars and coffee shops. After they were all bombed and it became apparent he had to leave, he made the dangerous journey to the UK, where at first he worked in a car wash and as a car salesman. It didn’t take long for him to go on to open his very successful restaurant in Central London - Imad’s Syrian Kitchen.. He’s now written a recipe book also called Imad’s Syrian Kitchen - a love letter from Damascus to London, and is in the process of opening an even bigger restaurant still in Kingly Court off Carnaby Street.
    In the run up to interviewing Imad I read loads of articles about his story. In some he spoke about the 65 days he spent living in Calais, holding on to the underside of lorries trying to get to the UK. But most importantly I remember him talking about how cooking was always a part of his journey. How a British Pakistani volunteer had given him a small stove and gas canisters so he could cook for himself and 14 friends. How he didn’t want to carry a knife and appear dangerous so he broke the vegetables up with his hands, and how a local Calais resident had been annoyed with them fishing close by, until one day Imad offered him some of the dish he had made with the fish, and from then on, he allowed Imad and his friends to charge their phones at his house. 
    Imad is so instantly warm and likeable. We recorded this episode in the restaurant after having lunch there together. I didn’t order, but before I knew it the table was covered in colourful, beautiful dishes. I remembered some of Imad’s words from another article saying “In Syria we don’t ask ‘what do you want to eat? We just serve lots of food and you can eat whatever you like, whenever you like. It’s like family.”
    I LOVED Imad’s positive outlook and came away from the conversation totally topped up and inspired… I’m so sure you will too…
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    This episode is brought to you by Skin + Me - a personalized skincare solution that has not only transformed my skin, but also my packing experience wherever I’m going. Use the code ASYLUMSPEAKERS for an over 85% discount on your first month.


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    • 51 min
    49. Being an LGBTQ+ Refugee: Everything you need to know with Hiba Noor

    49. Being an LGBTQ+ Refugee: Everything you need to know with Hiba Noor

    In today’s episode we’re exploring what it’s like to be displaced and part of the LGBTQ+ community. This episode is dedicated to everyone who sits at this intersection, and faces not only the challenges of being an asylum seeker or a refugee, but also the discrimination that comes with their sexuality or gender identity.
    We will hear from three people. A new friend of mine Hiba - the first openly trans filmmaker in Pakistan and is now living in London and seeking asylum in the UK. My other two guests today I’ll be keeping anonymous. One of them, we’ll call him A - runs a shelter for LGBTQ+ refugees from all over the world in Istanbul where he lives as a refugee himself from Iraq. My final guest M, you might remember from a previous episode recorded at his home in Beirut. He’s Syrian and lives as a refugee in Lebanon with his boyfriend, where he told me the painful but powerful story about what happened to them.
    These are three very important voices, and ones we all need to listen to.
    To support the show: https://www.patreon.com/theworldwidetribe
    This episode is brought to you by Skin + Me - a personalized skincare solution that has not only transformed my skin, but also my packing experience wherever I’m going. Use the code ASYLUMSPEAKERS for an over 85% discount on your first month.


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    • 46 min
    48. The true story behind recent short film MATAR, with co-writer, actor and cinematographer Ayman Alhussein

    48. The true story behind recent short film MATAR, with co-writer, actor and cinematographer Ayman Alhussein

    In this episode we hear the incredible story of Ayman Alhussein. Ayman is an actor, cinematographer and co-writer of amazing new short film, Matar, directed by Hassan Akkad, starring Ahmed Malek and available to watch online, for free on Waterbear.
    The film Matar tells the story of an undocumented delivery driver in London and highlights the challenges of navigating hostile environment Britain and its broken asylum system. This podcast episode brings you the incredible real life story behind the film. Ayman’s story. 
    To support the show: https://www.patreon.com/theworldwidetribe


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    • 45 min
    47. Food, heritage, identity, cultural mobility and going viral with Indonesian, Kenyan, Pakistani and Yemeni Filmmaker Nadir Nahdi

    47. Food, heritage, identity, cultural mobility and going viral with Indonesian, Kenyan, Pakistani and Yemeni Filmmaker Nadir Nahdi

    This week’s guest is one of my favourite storytellers ever. Filmmaker Nadir Nahdi speaks so beautifully about his upbringing spanning many cultures, the ways that food has woven those pieces together and why the stories he tells and the films he makes are so disruptively important in our society today. 
    I was introduced to Nadir’s work through his most recent youtube series Bad Pakistani about his journey through Pakistan to explore and understand his Pakistani heritage. I loved it. His work spans themes of culture, travel, heritage, belonging, food and more - all my favourite topics. I hope you enjoy this conversation as much as I did…
    To support the show: https://www.patreon.com/theworldwidetribe
    This episode is brought to you by Skin + Me - a personalized skincare solution that has not only transformed my skin, but also my packing experience wherever I’m going. Use the code ASYLUMSPEAKERS for an over 85% discount on your first month.


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    • 51 min

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A beautiful and important podcast

This podcast is not only extremely well produced and engaging, but also brings new and important perspectives. In a world where the refugee crisis is often discussed by people without relevant life experiences, this podcast is able to communicate the stories from the people we should have listened to in the first place, but who rarely gets an opportunity to express themselves.

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