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This podcast that will take you on a journey across the world...without you having to go anywhere. You'll be hearing from the people leaving their countries and everything behind them, to the volunteers working alongside them. Those currently living in refugee camps, and people working on the front line. The humans behind the statistics and the headlines. The real heroes of today. Transcend borders, nationalities, religions and languages to hear from the people with which we share this world...our Worldwide Tribe. Music written and created by Alexander Wells. Artwork created by Milla Adler at milla-adler.com.

The Worldwide Tribe: Stories from the Refugee Crisis Jaz O'Hara

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This podcast that will take you on a journey across the world...without you having to go anywhere. You'll be hearing from the people leaving their countries and everything behind them, to the volunteers working alongside them. Those currently living in refugee camps, and people working on the front line. The humans behind the statistics and the headlines. The real heroes of today. Transcend borders, nationalities, religions and languages to hear from the people with which we share this world...our Worldwide Tribe. Music written and created by Alexander Wells. Artwork created by Milla Adler at milla-adler.com.

    28. SPECIAL EPISODE: Israel and Palestine - Everything you need to know with Yara Eid - a 20-year-old Palestinian from Gaza

    28. SPECIAL EPISODE: Israel and Palestine - Everything you need to know with Yara Eid - a 20-year-old Palestinian from Gaza

    I’m bringing you this special episode of The Worldwide Tribe in response to what has been happening in recent weeks in Israel and Palestine. 


    When I asked on social media what you wanted to hear about this topic , you said personal stories and also the history of the region so that’s what I’m bringing you.


    My guest today is the amazing Yara Eid… a 20-year-old from Gaza. Yara left Gaza 5 years ago, after winning a scholarship to a boarding school in Wales. She now studies International relations at the University of Edinburgh and travels across the UK raising awareness about Palestine. 


    I first learnt about Yara after seeing a viral video of her on Instagram last week. It was a raw, heartbreaking moment of her crying after hearing the news that her neighbours house in Gaza had been bombed, and not knowing whether her own family had survived the attack. The video stuck with me through all the posts, noise and outrage about the most recent developments in the region, as it was such a personal account of the human impact of what is happening. 


    In this interview Yara brought me to tears about 8 times. The stories about her little brother, the death of her pet tortoise, what she witnessed at 14 years old, and the way she articulates her experience in her second language, just absolutely blew my mind. 


    I truly feel that Yara’s personal account, as a human being, regardless of politics, nationality or your beliefs, needs to be heard and I hope that recording this podcast is the beginning of a friendship between us because I think she’s amazing. I hope you enjoy our conversation. 


    To find out more, follow Yara at @eid_yara on Instagram.


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    • 1 hr 7 min
    27. From Syria to Germany by Wheelchair, with Nujeen Mustafa and Marwa Mbayed

    27. From Syria to Germany by Wheelchair, with Nujeen Mustafa and Marwa Mbayed

    Today’s Episode of the podcast brings you the stories of two incredible young women, Nujeen Mustafa and Marwa Mbayed.
    I was introduced to Nujeen and Marwa by Humanity and Inclusion, a charity who support people with disabilities, who are also affected by poverty, conflict and disaster. Unfortunately, this is the reality for both my guests today. 
    Nujeen was born with cerebral palsy. After leaving Syria aged 16 to escape ISIS, she made the 3500 mile journey to Germany in her wheelchair. She has since gone on to give a ted talk, co-write two books and become the first disabled person to brief the United Nations Security Council.
    Marwa was 24 years old when she was in a car accident in Syria as a result of weapons being shot on the highway. She was immediately paralysed from the waist down. She too now lives in Germany.
    These two stories are a strong reminder that anything can happen at any moment, to change the course of our lives forever, and that much is out of our control… but what is within our control is how we deal with it, and these two women set a shining example to us all.

    To hear more from them:

    Marwa's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/marwa_mbayed/?hl=en
    Nujeen's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nujeenmustafa/?hl=en

    To find out more about Humanity and Inclusion and the incredible work they do to support people with disabilities: 

    https://www.instagram.com/humanityinclusionuk/ 
    https://humanity-inclusion.org.uk/en/index?gclid=Cj0KCQjwpdqDBhCSARIsAEUJ0hOoNfmW3Yg7L4mtLZ2e3DPr-33DkINRpBcEb0O2znjAvj_BIcKTIvsaAs4sEALw_wcB

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    • 56 min
    26. Living Stateless in the USA with Karina and Katie from United Stateless

    26. Living Stateless in the USA with Karina and Katie from United Stateless

    This week I’m talking to Karina and Katie from an organisation called United Stateless - the only organisation in the United States of America to be advocating for stateless people. 
    This is another topic that I had no idea about before Karina and Katie opened my eyes to what it means to be stateless.
    Turns out there are around 200,000 people in America alone who fall into the category of stateless, and millions of people worldwide - a number that is difficult to estimate as half of the countries in the world don’t count these people...
    One of these people is Karina herself, who was born in Soviet Ukraine, in the former Soviet Union. She left there when she was 4 to try and seek asylum in Canada or the US - both of which rejected her claims. Meanwhile the Soviet Union had ceased to exist, leaving her without a country. She currently lives stateless in the US. 
    To find out more about United Stateless: www.unitedstateless.org.
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    • 53 min
    25. The Kafala System: Why two migrant domestic workers die in Lebanon every single week

    25. The Kafala System: Why two migrant domestic workers die in Lebanon every single week

    This week’s episode of the Worldwide Tribe podcast is about something we all need to know about... The Kafala System.
    Kafala means sponsorship. It’s a system common across many Arab countries, where a citizen of that country can ‘sponsor’ someone from a poorer country to come and work for them. 

    There are around 400,000 migrant domestic workers in Lebanon under the Kafala System right now. They come from countries such as Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Ethiopia, Sudan, Ghana Kenya, and  others, to work in private households as maids. They are excluded from Lebanese labour law and 94% of these women have their passports confiscated by their employers on arrival. Their immigration status is also legally bound to the sponsor, leaving them at risk of exploitation, physical, emotional and sexual abuse. 
    Shockingly, two of these women die in Lebanon every single week. 

    Whilst in Beirut a few months ago, I got an insight into this system when I met a group of Nigerian women desperately trying to escape it. 

    This episode is for them, and for every woman trapped in hell in this blatant example of modern day slavery. The least we can do is listen to them, learn about their plight and join them in calling for the immediate abolishment of the Kafala System. 
    To find out more:
    https://thisislebanon.news/

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    • 46 min
    24. The Story of Banksy’s Pink Search-and-Rescue Boat, with Crew Members Vanessa and Dickon

    24. The Story of Banksy’s Pink Search-and-Rescue Boat, with Crew Members Vanessa and Dickon

    You might remember that at the end of last summer, UK artist Banksy hit the news when he funded a new search and rescue boat in the Mediterranean. He painted it bright pink, with a girl in a life vest holding a heart-shaped safety buoy painted on the side, and it was named the Louise Michel after a French feminist anarchist. 
    The Louise Michel has so far made one rescue mission, on which it brought 219 people to safety. In this episode you will hear the story of what happened on that rescue mission from two of its crew members, Vanessa and Dickon, or V and D as they call each other. V and D met on a previous Search and Rescue mission, fell in love and have gone on to set up their own organisation - Search and Rescue Relief.
    We recorded this conversation at their home in South London before the most recent lockdown, where I also met their puppy Marmite…who  makes an appearance in the episode too.

    V and D will be sure to leave you totally in awe of what they have achieved and been through together. 
    To find out more about V and D's work, follow them @sar_relief and check out their website here: https://sarrelief.org/
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    • 51 min
    23. Napier Barracks: Life inside Britain's first refugee camp

    23. Napier Barracks: Life inside Britain's first refugee camp

    Do you think of refugee camps as only existing in countries far away? Today’s episode of The Worldwide Tribe podcast is about one right here in the UK: Napier Barracks.
    Up on a hill in the seaside town of Folkestone in Kent, lies a disused army barracks built in 1794. It’s red-brick buildings, surrounded by 10-ft fences topped with barbed wire, were actually due for demolition in 2021, until our Home Secretary, Priti Patel, made the decision to repurpose the barracks as accommodation for asylum seekers. 
    Since September 2020, Napier Barracks has become home to 400 people who have recently arrived to the UK in the hope of finding safety. Instead, they find themselves living in conditions described as inhumane and deeply concerning by the many bodies of experts, groups and individuals who call for the camp’s immediate closure. 
    Something disturbing is unfolding in this coastal town right now and I believe this should be at the forefront of our attention. 
    In this episode I talk to two people: one of Napier’s first residents, a poet from Yemen who I will refer to as ‘S’ in order to protect his identity, and Maddie, founder of Humans for Rights Network, who has been collecting testimonials and evidence from Napier’s residents in the hope of getting their voices heard and their basic human needs met. 
    Napier is one of two ex-army barracks being used in this way. Sign the petition to close Napier Barracks and Penally Barracks here: 
    https://action.freedomfromtorture.org/close-the-barracks?utm_campaign=21DC011&utm_source=fftinsta&utm_medium=
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    • 48 min

Customer Reviews

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MarMar1954 ,

Amazing stories!

I’ve been following Jaz on Instagram for a long time, and these podcasts are a lovely way to find out more about the worldwide tribe. They really make people and their stories stand out and feel real. Highly recommended

jennyreed99 ,

Excellent podcast

Such amazing stories, Jaz puts you right there and makes you imagine all the situations without sugar coating it.. makes you want to go oit and make a difference.... somehow❤️

Adams a fox ,

Love this podcast!

My family and I are in the process of fostering an unaccompanied refugee minor and this podcast has been a huge encouragement. Providing an inside look on the experience from a foster family and a brave refugee youth. Thank you for sharing your story!

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