Hope is what most refugees cling to

Rabia Nasimi has a Master’s degree from the LSE, and she took her MPhil at Cambridge. She has been shortlisted for a string of awards for her work with the Afghanistan and Central Asian Association and in 2020 she joined the Civil Service as a Fast Stream Social...

The lasting trauma of separation

“Here we go again,” says artist Ruth Schwiening as she watches in dismay at the refugees fleeing from the Ukraine and especially the children who will be temporarily or permanently separated from their parents. Schwiening was a Kindertransport child, a Jewish refugee...

Standing with the people of Ukraine

Like so many around the world, the Separated Child team has been appalled by the escalation of events in Ukraine over the past week. Our thoughts are with the families who have already lost loved ones in this devastating crisis, and with the hundreds of thousands of...

New year update from our CEO

2021 was incredibly challenging in so many ways but with the commitment of our supporters, volunteers and donors, we were able to supply a record-breaking level of help to separated children arriving in the UK. We welcomed dozens of new volunteers – including teams...

The determination of a young refugee

Last week’s news about the 27 refugees who died crossing the English Channel was a stark reminder to Sirvan*, an Iranian refugee, of just how dangerous his own Channel experience was. Aged 18 – crammed into an overcrowded dinghy – he crossed the Channel....

Little Amal and the soft power of the Arts

“Amal is a nine-year-old girl, who will pass through your city. She is alone, afraid and vulnerable – how will you welcome her? What would you like to learn from her? And what would you teach her?” These are the questions asked by Artistic Director Amir Nizar Zuabi to...

Our response to recent events in Afghanistan

The team here at Separated Child has been devastated to see how events have unfolded in Afghanistan over the past few weeks. Whilst we recognise the government’s commitment to resettle 20,000 Afghan refugees over the next five years, we know that many people...