The ARC Project has supported hundreds of asylum seekers and refugees since 2004, please find a selection of the real life testimonies from those we have helped and what it has meant to their lives.
I am Kurdish from Iran – 18 years old. I lived with my Mum and Dad and older brother and sister. We were a poor family. My Dad didn’t want me to stop school - it was very hard for them to manage financially but they did it. I was a good student- every year I was in the top three. Despite this I found it impossible to get into university because I am Kurdish and the Kurdish people in Iran have a very, very difficult life. I took the entrance exam for university but I did not get a pass. If you want to go to university in Iran you need to be supporting the government politically. It is well known that they give you 20% + more marks if you belong to their party. After finishing school age 16 my life took a dangerous turn…Click here to read on….
I was born very tiny and with a displaced jaw that made me look a bit unusual. It was not acceptable to my father and from those early days he was already thinking ‘how am I going to get her married’. I am telling you when I was growing up my father, my cousins, my neighbours, they used to call me ‘monkey’ and say I was not part of the family. Click here to read on…
I am Bewar, a 26 year old Kurdish man from Syria and I have been in UK for 13 years. I am from a large, poor family and life was ok but hard for all of us. We had our ups and downs but I didn’t really have to worry about anything. Then life became difficult with the war and my brothers in the army so my family had to move to safety to Kurdistan. In 2005 my family sent me to UK - my mother wanted me to have a better chance and be something. It was so hard to say goodbye and leave them.
I was only 14 years old and had a very difficult journey here with some other Kurdish people from Kurdistan to Turkey then Turkey to Greece then Greece to France , France to UK…all on boats and lorries. Click here to read on...
There is a saying in Africa “nobody leaves the house unless the house is in the mouth of the snake” - if the house is in the mouth of the snake you’re gonna have to flee. Before 2002 I had a very comfortable life in Ivory Coast. My father’s business was very successful, he had a real estate profile and we even had a driver to drive us to school. Absolutely the only reason I might have been tempted to come to Europe was to study. Click here to read on ...