Christmas Happiness Tour : Second stop!

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Second stop on our #ChristmasHappinessTour was Besh.

Besh has the most incredible story. Him and his four little brothers lost their mum when they were separated from her in Greece…they then searched 70 refugee camps to find her…

And they did….!

In Dunkirk…where we met him!

A year later and they have all successfully made it to the UK and live together in the midlands. The youngest boys are going to school and college, and the family has a lot of support after the Guardian wrote an article about them.

Besh cooked us lentil soup (with which him and his mum won a soup making competition whilst they were in France) and the boys played the most magical music for us.

Thank you Besh and fam for the amazing hospitality .

You can read more about Besh and his families incredible story here:

https://theworldwidetribe.com/2017/03/besh/

To donate to our work supporting Refugee’s, please click the link below:

Besh’s music channel

Remember Besh?

Our amazing friend who searched pretty much every refugee camp in Europe to find his mother, then found her in the camp in Dunkirk (where we met him)?

Well he’s also a very talented musician and has recently started his own youtube channel to share his music.

This film was recorded in the camp in Dunkirk. Hell on earth, yet out of that camp, Besh produced something this beautiful:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ttR5jXBPdjA

Please go and watch his videos, support him, subscribe and follow. He’s an inspiration!

Besh W. Walker

To donate:

Diaspora

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To celebrate Eid and Refugee Week, The Worldwide Tribe presents….Diaspora.

From Syrians to Sudanese, from refugees to volunteers, from Europe to the Middle East…millions of people are affected by the refugee crisis we are STILL in the midst of.

People are on the move in the biggest migration the world has ever seen…

…But why?

Where are they going?

Why are they leaving?

Who are these people and what does this mean for the world as we know it?

How is the world responding?

In an attempt to meet those affected and find out…we bring you Diaspora.

Directed and Edited by Jamie Noel http://www.jamienoeldirector.com/

Diaspora Film Feature – Besh on the Duduk

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In honour of Refugee Week, we have a special treat for you!

This is Besh, a good friend of ours who we met in the camp in Dunkirk.

Besh and his brothers have a crazy story. They were separated from their mother in a camp in Greece and searched 70 camps before they found her again.

Besh features in our new film Diaspora.

Diaspora has been a labour of love and a long time coming. It’s longer than our usual films, and it ties together many of the people we have met and the places we have been over the two years…and how they have been affected by the refugee crisis.

Despite travelling to locations throughout Europe and the Middle East, encountering different religions, nationalities, languages, cultures and life stories along the way, we found a common thread…

You can find the full video on our website.

To donate:

Duduk

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Turn up the sound!

This is our incredible friend Besh. We first met him in the camp in Dunkirk, when we heard his powerful story of reuniting with his mum after being separated in Greece (https://theworldwidetribe.com/2017/03/besh-and-roonak/).

Here he is playing the duduk.

His music is full of emotion and the things he has experienced in life, and you can feel it as you listen.

Besh dreams to record his music, and share it with the world, and we can’t wait to hear more!

Please share this video with a friend, and appreciate the power of music in helping us to tell our stories.

Besh and Roonak

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This is Besh and his Mum Roonak…

Their story is one of the craziest and most emotional I have ever heard…

Besh and his 4 younger brothers were separated from their Mum when authorities in Greece separated men from women.

This marked the beginning of months of desperately trying to find her as they travelled through many camps across Europe.

Besh says: “My little brothers kept asking me the same question, ‘Where is Mum, where is Mum?’ I kept telling them she would join us. But I was not sure when.

I couldn’t sleep or eat. I felt so sick. What was my mum doing? I kept thinking about what was being done to my mum – why had they separated us?

It was cold, she had no money. There were times on my own when my brothers were asleep when I just wondered, how were we ever going to find her?

But I knew she is independent and has a good brain. She is tough and has seen many difficult things. I thought, she will be OK. I kept telling the others we had to keep going. I just had a feeling.

We asked everyone if they had seen her. People we met on trains saw how sad we were. They asked, ‘Why aren’t you happy? We are away from war now – we have hope.’ But, of course, we didn’t feel the same. We would just sit quietly while others celebrated. I didn’t feel free in those times.

You meet so many refugees – I told them I was looking for my mum and they would tell me where to go next: Nuremburg in Bavaria, Traiskirchen in Austria. I knew we had to be thorough and try every camp before we could move on.”

At night, in the tents of the many camps they visited, Beshwar dreamed his mother was travelling. Awake, he thought of his mother playing with her boys as children, cooking at night, reading them poetry.

The brothers journeyed on buses, trains and foot, and everyone they spoke to they showed their mother’s picture.

No one recognised her.

But they never gave up…until the day they arrived to the camp in Dunkirk…

There, between the tents and the mud, they saw her…

“Suddenly everything became very slow – I felt dizzy. I arrived in the camp and saw all the people, the tents and the mud. I was shouting her name. My heart was beating so fast. It’s strange but it was like a dream. I was looking everywhere like a crazy person. Shouting.

I screamed ‘Mum, Mum!’ We ran together and enveloped her. We were all crying. I remember people around us shouting – ‘It’s the sons, it’s the five sons!’ I reached her and we hugged and hugged. I will never forget that feeling – I knew then why I had kept going for so long.”

Happy Mother’s Day to all the Mum’s out there, whether they are with their children or not.

Please SHARE and wish Besh and his Mum a Happy Mother’s Day in the comments!

Besh

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Guys…this is Besh.

My eyes are streaming reading his story in the Guardian.

I met Besh in the camp in Dunkirk last year, and we instantly became friends…

He is 25, speaks perfect English and is the oldest of 5 brothers…the youngest is 14.

The boys and their mother fled Iraq after ISIS took over their village.

Their father stayed to fight.

Not long into their crazy journey, the boys were sent to a different camp from their mum when police in Greece forced the men and women to separate.

Only boys under 14 were allowed to stay with their mothers.

This is the story of how the brothers did everything to find her.

This bit killed me:

“Beshwar walked into the mud-soaked Dunkirk camp.

“Suddenly everything became very slow – I felt dizzy. I arrived in the camp and saw all the people, the tents and the mud. I was shouting her name. My heart was beating so fast. It’s strange but it was like a dream. I was looking everywhere like a crazy person. Shouting.”

Then he saw his mother.

“I knew it was her!”

Finally, months of patience paid off because there, standing in front of a tiny stove, was Roonak.

“I screamed ‘Mum, Mum!’ We ran together and enveloped her. We were all crying. I remember people around us shouting – ‘It’s the sons, it’s the five sons!’ I reached her and we hugged and hugged. I will never forget that feeling – I knew then why I had kept going for so long.”

Read the full story here.

Please SHARE and COMMENT a personal message to Besh and I will make sure he reads them!

Diaspora: Meet Besh

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Meet Besh.

An amazing friend of ours and a talented musician, he appears in our new film Diaspora.

Diaspora ties together the people we have met and the places we have been over the last year…all affected by the refugee crisis.

Despite travelling to locations throughout Europe and the Middle East, encountering different religions, nationalities, languages, cultures and life stories along the way, we found a common thread…

…to find out what that is…stay tuned. We will be releasing the full film online and for free, over the festive period.

With love,
The Worldwide Tribe