We invite you to explore the lives of six Migrateful chefs, seeking refuge in Britain
Migrateful exists to empower and celebrate refugees and vulnerable migrants on their journey to integration by supporting them to run their own cookery classes.
To mark Refugee Week some of our chefs would like to share their stories with you. These stories are at times not easy to read, some involving torture, shootings and emotional distress (trigger warning). They are tales of inspirational humans who have survived the unthinkable, showing incredible resilience and strength of character. In sharing their stories they give us the opportunity to reflect on the role we can play in helping them to let go of their past and to build a bright future here in the UK.
Click on the title to read each of the chef’s stories. You will also find two of their favourite recipes which we invite you to cook this week.
Habib escapes the Taliban, using food as his tool to survive in the Afghan army; in the Calais refugee camp and now to thrive in the Big Smoke
Majeda was imprisoned by the Syrian government for helping to feed people whose homes had been bombed in the war. She managed to escape Syria and now uses food to continue her activism in exile.
Nigerian chef Elizabeth left behind a successful career in Nigeria to come to the UK to be with her sisters after her mother died. She found herself waiting for 8 years as an illegal immigrant unable to work or receive benefits
Ahmed was shot during the war in Lebanon and will now use a wheelchair for life. He shares with us why he will never give up.
Elahe was forced to leave behind her career as a psychologist in Iran and struggled to find work in the UK and learn English until she found Migrateful.
Interviews transcribed and written by Jess Thompson (Migrateful Founder). Photography by Federico Rivas and Anna Kidel.
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We are always looking for volunteers to test our recipes. One day we’d like to publish a recipe book. If you have any comments on the accuracy of the recipes shared in these blogs please email firstname.lastname@example.org
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