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Using theatre to empower refugees

More than a mentoring scheme, the Refugee Journalism Project primarily aims to place and offer job opportunities and experience to exiled journalists in the UK. Fardous Bahbouh, a participant talks about a recent project she has been involved in through

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Capturing the added value of integration

The Refugee Journalism Project Coordinator, Tessa Hughes, and project participant, Abdulwahab Tahhan, recently took part in the Southern Europe Migrant Dilemmas: Better Integration Methods Project. Here they share their experiences of the initiative.  The event took place in southern Italy and was

Reflecting on the mentoring experience

The Refugee Journalism Project aims to connect its participants with established UK-based journalists through mentoring. Mentor Nabeelah Shabbir and mentee Abdulwahab Tahhan reflect on their mentoring experiences.   Nabeelah Shabbir On Boxing Day an acquaintance, Polish journalist Anna Alboth, began a

Harmony through collaboration

By bringing together disparate individuals, The Refugee Journalism Project aims to create a network that reaps the benefits of collaborative working. Whether it’s a UK journalism student filming with a Syrian translator; an Afghan film-maker reporting on location in Calais with

It will take more than sympathy to save refugees from drowning in lifejackets

by Shahd Abusalama As world leaders were meeting in New York for the UN Migration Summit, activists transformed Parliament Square, the doorstep of British decision makers, into a graveyard of thousands of lifejackets. These lifejackets had been once worn by

Visit to the Guardian Media Group

Refugee Journalism Project participants visited the Guardian where they learned about the history of the paper as well as the day-to-day business of the Guardian.

Eritrea: A Country In Transition

October 3, 2013 marked a black chapter in the history of the small East African nation of Eritrea – a country that gained its independence from its larger neighbour, Ethiopia, in May 1991. For Eritreans, the dreams and aspirations of

Afghans Celebrate Cultural Festival in London

Afghan refugees celebrate their cultural festivals, not only for fun and entertainment, but also to teach and enrich their children’s knowledge of Afghan culture and traditions.

What I’ve gained from volunteering with refugees

Fardous Bahbouh writes about her experiences of volunteering in the UK Excitement and anticipation were at high levels at the busy St Pancras International station, as Khaled and Mazen (pseudonyms for two Syrian child refugees) went to meet their family

Learning about tools for investigative journalism

Abdulwahab Tahhan writes about attending the Centre for Investigative Journalism’s summer conference.  As an inexperienced, and at best a citizen journalist who hasn’t published more than a couple of articles and a film, I was very excited to attend my

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