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Tea and empathy: ZamZam Yusuf shares her refugee experience

Tea and empathy: ZamZam Yusuf shares her refugee experience


Somali refugee ZamZam Yusuf has a message for any neighbours who think she doesn’t have the right to call Leicester, in the English Midlands, home.

“I would like to offer you a cup of tea” at my house, says the 30-year-old mother-of-four, who came to UN Headquarters in January, as world leaders prepare to debate the first ever global compact for migration.

Her university in the United Kingdom has taken the academic lead in furthering the UN’s Together campaign, on behalf of the millions who are on the move, whose basic rights are being denied.

Too often, said UN chief António Guterres - launching his 2018 report on refugees and migrants – their positive contribution is being overshadowed by the plight of a “desperate minority” forced to live in the shadows by countries that violate their rights.

ZamZam came in to our Lid Is On podcast studio, at UN Headquarters in New York, to describe her extraordinary journey – just one of the millions that are being taken each year, in search of a better life.

Duration: 21’40”

MUSIC CREDITS:  Forth Then Fall by Ketsa

Feature Photo:  ZamZam Yusuf holding the UN's Together Campaign Logo, at UN Headquarters in New York.  UN News/Matt Wells

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ZamZam Yusuf at UN Headquarters in New York. UN News / Matt Wells