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Razan: Learn the language so no one else speaks for you

LLL participant and teacher Razan explains her motivation to learn English and why it’s so crucial for people to learn the language of their new country. "We knew we would eventually be granted sanctuary in the USA, so I built up my English whilst we were in Spain where my youngest daughter received medical treatment. I spoke to the doctors in English so I could learn about her ...

Razan: Teaching and learning have been key to assimilation

In observance of International Women’s Day, we spoke to Razan, a Lamp Lifeboat Ladder participant, teacher, interpreter and women's rights activist. In a series of blog posts, Razan discusses teaching experiences, views about women and the family and the importance to refugees of learning their host country's language. Women and education Razan discusses experiences that helpe ...

Survivor-led approach – Lamp Lifeboat Ladder

I thought this article by Heaven Crawley, professor at the Centre for Trust Peace and Social Relations at Coventry University, was very interesting as it highlights how many academics, policy makers and others working in the refugee sector propose solutions to that work in the interests of the global north, and that these ‘solutions’ often perpetuate ‘out of sight out of mind’ ...

COVID-19 Prevention Statement By Survivors2 Advocacy Group, Greece

This direct advocacy piece from a group of torture survivors living in Greece is important because it highlights the unique power and expertise that survivors hold, as they speak directly to issues they are being affected by and living through.  Their piece also highlights the failures of the Greek government to protect them from COVID-19, which in the end is a failure to prote ...

Challenges facing Syrian Refugees and Jordan: Pressures from a Pandemic

Lamp Lifeboat Ladder’s pilot project is a special program with the Canadian government to provide safe, new homes for 90 torture and sexual violence survivors and their families. Forty of these survivors and their families are currently living in Jordan, with some having fled from Syria. Sadly, the impact of the global pandemic has been particularly harsh on Syrian refugees liv ...

Lamp Lifeboat Ladder: A Survivor-Centered Partnership

Looking back on 2020, we reflect on the devastating impact COVID-19 has had on people around the world, particularly on refugees and survivors of torture and sexual violence. It has also shown us their enormous strength and resilience. Throughout the pandemic, our initiative Lamp Lifeboat Ladder has continued to accompany refugee survivors of sexual and gender-based violence on ...

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