This is Fars.
He sent me a direct message on Instagram recently, introducing himself and sharing his story, (check out the pictures in this post to read it).
He explained that he was a refugee from Eritrea, celebrating his 10th anniversary of arriving to the UK that very day. He had come from Calais, hiding in the back of a lorry when he was only 14.
10 years on and he has been on a roller coaster journey, restarting his life in…believe it or not…Glasgow.
This was amazing as I happened to be reading the message in Edinburgh, when I was there visiting my old friend Awad. It was my first time ever in Scotland, so when he said in his message how he hoped we would one day meet…the opportunity seemed too perfect.
The next day I got the bus to Glasgow and there he was, waiting for me in the bus station.