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Falling From The Sky

I recently finished a six month placement at the Bromley-by-Bow community centre, located in Tower Hamlets, one of the poorest and most ethnically diverse boroughs in London. 43% of residents are born outside of the UK and come from over 200 different countries. My desk was placed in the English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) office. Individuals with an extremely low level of English (despite having lived in the UK for 5, 10, 15 years) Read more…

Bombs, bare-bums and xenophobia
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Bombs, Bare-bums and Xenophobia

On holiday last July, we four Brits got changed behind some bushes beside a busy lake on the outskirts of Montpelier. To the groups delight, Tom mid-change tripped and fell bare-bottomed onto a rock. We all laughed a lot. A few minutes later an aggressive looking French man appeared and shouted “English? English?” whilst thrusting his clenched fist. “Um yes English” we replied. “Don’t like English! English not welcome!” he repeated in his thick French Read more…

migrateful the privelege of home
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The privilege of home

I first experienced the intensity of leaving home aged eighteen heading off to spend three months in Senegal – an overwhelming sensation of anxiety, impossible to distinguish from excitement. To leave home was to leave the place where I felt belonging and familiarity, surrounded by people who loved and supported me. The voices in my head asked why I would leave such a place to enter a potentially lonely, unknown land. But I loved Senegal Read more…