This week, 15-21 June, is Refugee Week 2020 – a UK-wide festival that recognises the contributions, creativity and resilience of refugees. To celebrate, we are sharing the stories of refugees living in Gateshead.
“Since day one of the pandemic, we stayed at home and followed the rules. We were scared at first, but now we are starting to get used to it.
“We decided to use the spare time to improve our English, get experience using online courses, and get better at other things, like cooking. We also stayed in touch with friends and family, and contacted people we hadn’t spoken to in a while. When lockdown started to ease, we went out for walks and to the local supermarket.
“Ramadan was during lockdown. It was a little bit hard, but we managed as we prayed at home and helped each other with the cooking.
“This year, we didn’t visit our sisters in Germany. It was really hard as we miss them. In quarantine we realised how precious life is. We have an amazing life and we should be grateful for it.
“The virus has taught us a lot of lessons. We hope people remember how to be thankful and grateful for everything we have, even the small things.”
Sham and Shahed