My constant inspiration!

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From the Jungle to University in London! Congratulations Tesfay!

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Today Tesfay came to visit us at The Worldwide Tribe HQ!

I met Tesfay in the Calais Jungle in early 2015. It was the day he arrived to the camp and we helped him find a tent and put it up. I’m not the best at putting up tents but we figured it out!

I felt so bad leaving him to sleep in that tent that night.

A few months after that he made it to the UK and was placed in Bolton. We went to visit him to bring him some clothes and a phone and stuff because he had arrived with literally nothing. He made us lunch and I remember him telling me how much he wanted to study IT.

Fast forward a year and a half, and he has just moved to London to start his degree in computer science. His student accommodation has been sponsored by an amazing Tribe member and it happens to be just down the road from us.

He looks healthier (he was so skinny last time), happier and excited for the future.

I could not have been happier to see anyone at my table today!

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Happy anniversary Mez!

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Two years to the day since he made it to the UK not speaking a word of English…

Mez gets his GCSE results!

Two years ago today my dad got a phone call from Kent social services to say a young boy had been found hiding on top of a lorry coming into Dover…

“An Eritrean boy – in good health, with very little English” said the guy on the phone.

My family stood around that phone eagerly watching my dad spell out his name on the notepad in front of him…
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It was the news we had been waiting for.

Two years ago today, that little Eritrean boy was fed a bit of porridge at a centre in Dover, given some dry clothes and huge flip flops and put in a taxi on his own to our house…

He arrived at our door with nothing but his wet coat and dirty trainers in a bin bag.

Two years ago today Mez became my little brother.

Nothing has been the same since that day.

Mez, I love you more and more every single day. You never cease to amaze me.

Who would have thought, that day two years ago when you hardly knew the word ‘hello’ in English, that two years later you would be waking up to your GSCE results.

My babe, you have shown me that we can do anything.

The sky is the limit.

You have also shown me that love for a sibling or a child goes well beyond blood.

We all love you so much Mez.

Crazy messages from an Eritrean refugee

You wont believe the direct messages I recently got on my Instagram from an Eritrean Refugee…

 

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