Ahmad Al-Rashid is from Syria and currently lives in the United Kingdom. He studied English literature at Aleppo University between 2009 and 2012. As the security situation deteriorated in Syria, Ahmad was forced to flee Syria to the Kurdistan Region of Iraq in early 2013.
While in Iraq, Ahmad worked as a volunteer teaching English in the Syrian refugee camps and later on joined the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) as a senior Communication for Development (C4D) Facilitator. His work gave him the opportunity to be in direct contact with Syrian refugees and Iraqi displaced people who have survived horrendous circumstances resulting from both conflicts in Iraq and Syria.
In early 2015, Ahmad was forced to flee Iraq due to the deterioration of the security situation and moved to the UK in mid-2015. The journey took 55 days and was partly documented in the BBC documentary Exodus: Our Journey. Since arriving in the UK, Ahmad has campaigned for refugees and refugee integration. He was a lead educator for the online course Aim Higher: Access to Higher Education for Refugees and Asylum Seekers. Ahmad al-Rashid was awarded a SOAS Sanctuary Scholarship and has finished a Master’s degree in Violence, Conflict and Development at SOAS, the University of London in 2017. He has written about his journey, about refugee rights and the Arab Spring for example here and here. You can watch his talks about his journey and experiences in the UK here and here
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