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supporting refugees, asylum seekers and vulnerable migrants
Jun 7, 2021
Adeal: “Sometimes I am naughty”
Imagine being imprisoned and having your life threatened by your own family. Adeal is a transgender refugee from Kuwait who has escaped persecution and found safety in Brighton, the LGBTQ+ capital of England. She could have just given up but she refused to surrender and become what others would make her: as she says, “Sometimes […]
Feb 5, 2021
Hamed: “The Boy with Two Hearts”
Hamed Amiri talks about his book, out now from Icon Books, a love-letter to the NHS and a personal account of his family’s flight from Afghanistan. When the Taliban gave an order for the execution of Hamed Amiri’s mother, the family knew they had to escape, starting what would be a long and dangerous journey, […]
Jan 13, 2021
Amir: “We want to live”
Political resistance and personal trauma; dehumanisation and the notion of “home”; we talk to Amir Darwish, a British-Syrian poet of Kurdish origin, about the life of a writer in exile. Featuring music from Kalochori, a refugee camp in Greece, by Amar, Rody and Ronav Zeno. This interview was recorded on the event of the publication […]
Jan 13, 2021
Shirin: “The silence of the night”
The poet, Shirin Razavian, talks about her life and work on the launch of a new book celebrating 20 years of Exiled Writers Ink. “Resistance- Voices of Exiled Writers” is available now from Palewell Press. Shirin Razavian: British poet born in Tehran, has been writing poetry since the age of 9. She studied Persian literature […]
1 hr 2 min
Dec 1, 2020
Paul: “My heart is back home”
Paul talks about the recent political violence back home in Uganda and the election struggle of reggae singer Bobi Wine, pictured.
1 hr 1 min
Nov 9, 2020
Mansour: “The Echo of Love”
Steve talks to the Kurdish musician Mansour Izadpanah about his life and work. Featuring a world exclusive premier of his new song, composed in exile and in lockdown with musicians across the world: Zayalay Awin, or “Love Echo.” In this programme you will also hear Mansour’s composition, Kobani, saluting the young fighters who resisted a […]
1 hr 2 min
Sep 29, 2020
Rahima: “Save my people, stop China’s Uyghur genocide”
Musician and activist, Rahima Mahmut, talks to Refugee Radio about her life in exile and about the persecution of the Uyghur Muslim minority in China’s Xinjiang region. Xinjiang is west of the Great Wall, and was not historically part of China. The residents refer to it as East Turkestan. These days it has become a […]
1 hr 1 min
Jun 24, 2020
Farah: “All together like a family”
Farah is one of the nicest people you will ever meet. She is a member of the Bahá’i Faith from Iran and has lived in the UK for a long time. I have interviewed her about her life a few times in the past and she always has a new story to tell me. In […]
Jun 5, 2020
Refugee Week 2020
A preview of the forthcoming Refugee Week online concert with Best Foot Music, featuring interviews and live performances from Sudanese poet Bashir Al Gamar and Jamal and Alaa from Syria. Please support the fundraiser >>
Mar 20, 2020
Kumar: “I have no need to hide and no need to be scared”
Kumar talks about the horrific persecution he faced as a gay man growing up in India and his desperate search for somewhere that would accept him. “The main thing in England is that homosexuality is legal. I can freely live openly with my sexuality. I have no need to hide and no need to be […]
Dec 5, 2019
International Rescue: David Miliband
Steve and Ayah talk to David Miliband about the International Rescue Committee and their work with refugees around the world.
Dec 1, 2019
Refugee Radio Orchestra: The Sexy Wine EP
A selection of tunes from our house band, the Refugee Radio Orchestra, recorded in 2010. Hope you enjoy this fusion of refugee culture!
Sep 9, 2019
Kate: the human rights lawyer
An in-depth interview with Kate Jessop, senior immigration lawyer from Brighton Housing Trust, recorded as part of the Castaway Heritage project by Ayah and Steve. “I’ve been practising here since 2001, but I’ve actually been working in asylum and immigration law since the last century, since 1987, so for a long time. And there have […]
Sep 5, 2019
Peter: supporting the mental health of refugee children
Peter from Zimbabwe talks about his work supporting unaccompanied asylum-seeking children with mental health needs. We discuss how they struggle with social isolation and adapting to a new life in Brighton without their families around to help them.
Aug 12, 2019
Paul: “Never Give Up”
“It was a nightmare, wasn’t good at all. According to the Home Office, they can come and take you away but you can’t say no. They can take you anywhere they want to, because the moment you say no, they can put you in detention. So they can take you were they want to. So […]
Aug 1, 2019
Luqman: fighting for life
Luqman Onikosi was born in a tiny village near the lakes and forests along the river Niger. I first met him when he was a student at the University of Sussex, about ten years ago. At that time he was the president of the All-Africa Student Union and was organising a big fundraising concert, something […]
Aug 1, 2019
Esraa: “I still drink my tea in the Syrian style”
Ayah interviews Esraa, a young woman from Syria who came to live in Hastings with her family as part of the resettlement scheme. We find out about the shock of relocation and the challenge of adapting to cultural differences.
Jul 1, 2019
Mrs Husni: refugee interpeter
“I arrived into this country over twenty years ago and I’m currently working as an interpreter. I started interpreting on a voluntary basis in hospitals and then I thought I liked it, and then I thought I would like to have this as a career. It’s quite flexible as I can manage it with a […]
Jul 1, 2019
Mohammed: Crossing the Med on a jet ski
“I am from Algeria. I am thirty-eight years old and I live twenty years in Europe, most of that time in UK. I left Algeria since 2000. I was eighteen. “I followed the Home Office instructions for four years. I went to London Bridge to sign for years but I didn’t have any decision on […]
Mar 1, 2019
Jamal & Alaa: Syrian musicians in exile
Interview with Syrian folk musicians Jamal & Alaa with their good friend, Phil Minns, founder of the refugee and migrant charity, Best Foot Music.
Feb 11, 2019
Jacob: Thousand 4 1000
What do you do when your government is making asylum seekers homeless on purpose as a way to punish them? What do you do with a “Hostile Environment”? According to Jacob Berkson, you open your heart and take action. In this interview, Saleh and Steve talk to Jacob to discover the history of the crowdfunded […]
Jan 20, 2018
iRefugee: “Should I Stay or Should I Go?”
Live recording of a public panel debate hosted by Refugee Radio and Hear Alkebulan at the Old Courthouse in Brighton
Dec 27, 2016
Takeaway Heritage: MacDoner
The Takeaway Heritage project interviews staff at MacDoner in Kemp Town, the kebab shop with the greatest name in the history of kebab shops, not to mention the best homemade pitta bread!
Dec 27, 2016
Takeaway Heritage: Kambis
Our Takeaway Heritage series continues with a feature on Kambis, a Lebanese restaurant and takeaway on the Brighton and Hove border. We talk to a chef, a manager and a waiter to find out more about the culture behind the counter. Takeaway Heritage documented 35 stories which reveal the hidden history of restaurants, cafes and takeaways run by […]
Dec 26, 2016
Takeaway Heritage: Archipelagos
The Takeaway Heritage series talks to Theo from Nick Cave’s favourite Greek restaurant, Archipelagos. Takeaway Heritage documented 35 stories which reveal the hidden history of restaurants, cafes and takeaways run by migrants in Brighton and Hove. It is about the life stories of the workers, the owners and the customers and what these stories can tell us about […]
Dec 25, 2016
Takeaway Heritage: Waves
Continuing our Takeaway Heritage series, we talk to Ali and Esmeray who arrived in the UK as refugees from Turkey and have now set up their first cafe. Takeaway Heritage documented 35 stories which reveal the hidden history of restaurants, cafes and takeaways run by migrants in Brighton and Hove. It is about the life stories of the […]
Dec 5, 2016
Shintya interviews Valerie, an LGBT asylum seeker from Cameroon who says he will be persecuted for his sexuality if he returns home.
Aug 11, 2016
Telephone interview with an LGBT asylum seeker from Cameroon who has been persecuted because of her sexuality.
Jan 12, 2016
Jungle Music: live in the Calais refugee camp
The intrepid Phil Minns, founder of refugee music charity Best Foot Music, travels to the Calais Jungle to record songs performed by refugees from around the world. Despite the dangerous conditions, music finds a way.
Oct 23, 2015
Calais: Critical Mass
Guy Hayes cycles to the “jungle” camps of Calais to deliver much-needed supplies and talk to the refugees stranded there as part of the Critical Mass movement.
Jan 19, 2015
A telephone interview with a political activist, Maxwell, who is due to be removed back to Cameroon where he will face persecution as a member of the English-speaking minority
Jul 26, 2014
Soumitra: “Prison and detention is the same thing”
A telephone interview recorded with Soumitra while he was imprisoned in Harmondsworth detention centre awaiting removal to Bangladesh where he faces persecution as part of the Hindu minority.
Jul 17, 2014
Refugee Poetry: In Protest
Refugee Radio presents An evening of poetry and music on the theme of human rights to celebrate the publication of “In Protest: 150 Poems for Human Rights”. With leading Peruvian poet and musician Sofia Buchuk and the UK poetry slam champion, Keith Jarrett. Also featuring the poets Alia’ Afif Kawalit and Stephanie Turner. Live Iranian […]
Jul 10, 2014
A telephone interview recorded with Alain, a refugee who found himself homeless over the winter, with no family or friends to call on for help. He had been beaten and tortured in his home country because of his political beliefs and was left suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. So why does the UK goverment ignore […]
Jun 14, 2014
Red Cross R’n’B: Refugees and Befriending
These shows were produced in a series of Refugee Radio workshops by the young people at the Red Cross Refugees and Befriending projects in Lewisham, Croydon, Islington and Hammersmith, London, in 2014.
May 19, 2014
Nowruz: Kurdish New Year Party
Live from the Sussex Kurdish Community banquet at Hove Town Hall in 2014, with Kurdish folk music from Suna Alan.
May 15, 2014
A short telephone interview with an immigration detainee called Kanko who is about to be sent back to Cameroon where he will face persecution because of his sexuality.
Apr 13, 2014
Trish: Supporting refugee communities
Osama Ahmadani talks to Trish Baxter, a retired refugee caseworker from a Plymouth charity who is still active in the community. Her story is interspersed with some great music from Sudan chosen for your listening pleasure by Osama.
Apr 8, 2014
Plymouth Hope: refugee football
Osama Ahmadani interviews David Feindouno from Plymouth Hope about his work in the community using sport as a way to bring people together
Apr 3, 2014
Waleed: Refugees Giving Back
Osama Ahmadani talks to Waleed Abdallah, the founder of the Give Back project in Plymouth about his life and work combating racism and helping refugees to contribute to the community.