Refugee stories

Every year we work with hundreds of people who are forced to flee their own countries and seek safety in Scotland. Get to know some of them, understand their experiences and hear their stories - in their own words

Want to share your story? Contact us. We also welcome contributions from asylum seekers and refugees to our blog.

  • Silence Chihuri c.Angela Catlin Silence's story Silence Chihuri is a Zimbabwean refugee. As a key founding figure in the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), his life would be in grave danger were he to return to Zimbabwe. Read this story
  • John John's Story At first I missed my homeland but I think I’m OK. Now I watch the news from over there and things are quite violent. Read this story
  • Chenzira web Chenzira’s Story “It was a difficult and frustrating journey – to move from one country to another without knowing where I was going, without knowing where to get help. I just took a chance. It’s better to take a chance than wait until they come and kill you." Read this story
  • Daniel web Daniel's Story “My father was in a political party that was in opposition to the government. They wanted to kill him, so he ran away. The government forces came to our flat to find him – they set the house on fire, arrested my mum, me and my older brother." Read this story