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Deputy Commissioner learns more about the plight of local East African refugees


(L-R): Hassan Aldala, Mohammed Abdulla, Sadiyo Siad, Abdulkadir Omar, Fuad Osman and Deputy PCC Hardyal Dhindsa

Derbyshire’s Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner Hardyal Dhindsa visited a new project capturing the experiences and journey of local East African migrants who have sought refuge in the county to escape war.

The Exploring the Journey and Destination initiative, organised by East African support organisation Hamaari, collected the views and background of a number of East African residents who fled Eastern African countries such as Ethiopia, Somalia and Sudan for a safer life in the UK.  

After the event, Mr Dhindsa said: “It’s important that we listen and learn from those who have suffered from oppression and abuse. These first hand experiences will raise awareness of the potential issues, enabling support to be provided to people who are vulnerable in any way.  

“The event was a great success and I was delighted to be involved.”

Funded by the National Lottery, the project captures their aural history onto film and text which will used to promote community cohesion and integration within the county.

Earlier this year, the Commissioner’s office provided funding to Hamaari to promote and highlight Female Genital Mutilation across Derby which culminated in a multiagency FGM event in the city which highlighted the crime and how to report it.

The charity was established in 2009 to advance the educational, cultural and social welfare of primarily but not exclusively BME communities in Derby.



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Posted on Wednesday 30th September 2015
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