I am excited to have recently joined the SDCAS team as a trustee and to begin contributing to the great, critical work the team has been carrying out to support refugees and asylum seekers in London.
As an immigrant from Eastern Europe and a third-generation refugee, I think it is both my duty and privilege to be able to use my experiences, skills and expertise to help improve how these communities experience this traumatic life event.
Within the current socio-political landscape and given the UK is not offering proportional asylum in comparison with European counterparts and, the services we offer are a lifeline for many that cross our doorstep. My goal is to make sure that, alongside my Board colleagues, we are thinking strategically and executing with purpose.
The global refugee crisis is an urgent humanitarian issue and everyone should be encouraged to do their part. We need to acknowledge that, in the words of the British-Somali poet Warsan Shire, ‘no one puts their children in a boat unless the water is safer than the land’ and no one leaves their home unless there is no other safe alternative.