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Refugee life: Stories from the front line

Kara Tepe refugee camp, Lesbos Island, Greece 

Kara Tepe refugee camp, Lesbos Island, Greece. Photo credit: UN Photo/Rick Bajornas  

Date: Friday 1 February 2019

Time: 18:45 for a 19:00 start. Ending at 20:30

Venue: Abrar House, 45 Crawford Place, Marylebone, London W1H 4LP

Speakers: Enny Choudhury, Emily Weeks and Hanan Ashegh

Chair: Ben Walker

Although the media coverage of the refugee crisis may have died down and the Calais "Jungle" may have been uprooted, thousands of migrants still remain in mainland Europe seeking asylum, and many more are still trying to escape dangers in their own country to seek refuge in Europe.

In this event we are joined by members of two grassroots charities working on the front line with refugees. They will share stories of journeys undertaken by asylum seekers including the role human smugglers are playing as well as discussing the disconnect between the media portrayal of refugees and the truth. We are also joined by a solicitor working with refugees in detention and their access to justice.


Enny Choudhury, Solicitor and Senior Caseworker, Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants  @efasc2

Emily Weeks, Volunteer, Care4Calais  @Care4Calais

Hanan Ashegh, Founder, Goodwill Caravan  @goodwillcaravan

Chair: Ben Walker, Co-Chair, The City Circle

Additional details

Free entrance. All welcome. Prayer space available. Street parking free from 18:30. Doors open at 18:45 and the talk begins at 19:00. If you have any questions, please contact the event organiser