The Man with Nothing

Football is helping refugees cope with the misery of camp life in Dunkirk, according to University of Brighton graduate Daniel Mansaray who spent time living with one refugee in his wooden shack.

Daniel has written a blog telling how the refugee Zayran (not his real name) fled his native Iraq after being attacked by terrorists for refusing to become a suicide bomber.

Daniel, who graduated last year with a BA(Hons) in Physiotherapy, wrote: “Refugees have been through unimaginable pain and suffering and activities like football can be used as an outlet for them. Zayran, for example, had little to no interest in football and yet it was evident it had a strong impact on him. Understandably, football will always have its limitations as to how much it can influence someone. But as long as it is having some sort of influence, no matter how big or small then it is invaluable.”

Zayran said: “When I go to football my body and mind feel happy and free. All refugees are sad. Football is like peace. When refugees play football they are happy.”

A short non-fictional story about a refugee that i lived with.

Read Daniel’s account ‘The man with Nothing – Freedom’

Source: The Man with Nothing – Freedom

Inspiring OT graduate – CircusAid project

Inspiring graduate Sophie Thwaites has spent the past few months working on a project called CircusAid, with another couple of occupational therapists based in America. They are raising and collecting funds for an interactive project to address the mental health and loss of occupational roles currently experienced by the refugees in Calais, through providing circus activities that promote resilience, solidarity and hope.  Continue reading

Green week charity bake sale

The Green Week bake sale hosted by the SHS Sustainability Special Interest Group (SIG) raised a total of £118.54, which will be given to the Hummingbird Project to help with medical care of refugees in Calais. The SIG also helped with the collection of food/toiletries donations for the Brighton Voices in Exile group who help newly arrived refugees in Brighton. Thank you to Heather and Esther, on behalf of Sustainability for School of Health Sciences. I didn’t remember to make a pledge during the Green Week. But all the emails, Facebook and Twitter streams really encouraged me to be more mindful. I already do lots, for example working paperless as much as I can (sometimes a little challenging in meetings) but know I could do more. Your work is reminding and inspiring me.

Professor Paula Kersten, PhD

Head of School of Health Sciences