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41. THE JOURNEY Episode 1: Leaving Home

Season 7, Ep. 1

I’m so happy to be bringing you episode 1 of The Journey - a 6-part podcast series following migration routes from Africa, The Middle East and Ukraine, to northern Europe.


In this episode we’re starting from the beginning and exploring why people first embark on their journey. 


Why do people leave their countries and everything they ever knew behind? 


What are the push factors? 


We’ll be hearing from people from all over the world about the circumstances that forced them to first become a refugee. 


Our journey begins in North Africa, in Cairo, the capital city of Egypt, where we spent a week meeting many young people who have fled countries all over Africa, such as Eritrea, South Sudan, Nigeria, Sudan and Somalia and more, and are now living in Egypt. You will hear from Ahmad from Nigeria, Albino from South Sudan and Radhid from Somalia.


We then head to Lebanon and hear from ‘M’ who shares a different reason for leaving his country - his sexuality. 


Next we head to Greece to hear from Mustafa, who runs Velos Youth - a wonderful organisation supporting young asylum seekers in Athens.


Finally we hear a short poem from a young Syrian named Mohamed in Istanbul, Turkey.


To find out more about the organisations featured in this episode:


https://stars-egypt.org/

https://velosyouth.org/


To buy our merch:

https://theworldwidetribeshop.com/



Many of the people we spoke to along this journey are being supported by projects funded by Comic Relief. Thanks to donations from the UK public, Comic Relief's Across Borders programme has invested over £7millon in organisations supporting refugees and people seeking asylum along these routes. Find out more about Comic Relief’s work and how to support it at comicrelief.com.





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