He’s one very cool young man, currently collaborating with local musicians. Here’s he’s rapping in Arabic about having to leave behind his home country of Syria, which he loves and misses so much.
Zak came to Colchester when he was 14, and struggled with bullying at school. He’s found that some people haven’t been very welcoming, which made moving to a new country with a new language even harder. His home city, Homs, was very multicultural with a lot of history – like Colchester, it was once a Roman town. But Zak finds the food here very different and even the houses and buildings – and he misses his friends. He mostly misses his brother Mustafa, who was killed when his family tried to find sanctuary in Lebanon.
Now he likes to spend time in the High Street and Castle Park, and to visit other places in Essex. He goes to the gym a lot, and attends college. He says that Refugee Action-Colchester has helped him and his family feel accepted and happy. RA-C has helped him find schools and college, and he’s very involved with our partners Friends Not Foes, a youth organisation at The Sixth Form College, Colchester.
Friends Not Foes help Zak with his English and his driving theory revision, and he’s very happy with the friends he’s made in the group. They are currently helping Zak look for a job, but it’s proving difficult due to his language skills. He’s a conscientious guy – he was working to help support his family before they came to the UK. He just needs somebody to give him a chance, and his English will only get better once he’s able to practise in a practical environment!
At Refugee Action-Colchester, we’re so grateful to Zak for the support he gives us. He’s very generous with his time, joining us to speak to hundreds of primary school children in North Essex about what it’s like to come to the UK as a refugee. He’s helping us build cultural bridges.
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