Motherhood and living as an asylum seeker

As told to Dannie Higginbotham and Cynthia Chung June*, from Indonesia, has lived in Hong Kong since 2006 and is a former domestic helper seeking asylum in Hong Kong. Over beef rendang, June talks about her time as a helper, her daughter, and life as an asylum seeker. Can you tell us about yourself, anything…

Food, running and culture: one refugee’s story

As told to Hillary Leung and Tegan Smyth. Words by Tegan Smyth.  Joseph* is a refugee from a country in Africa that is currently embroiled in sectarian violence. He spoke to us about his daily life as a refugee as well as sharing a treasured recipe from home.   Could you tell us a little…

The waiting game: 16 years in Hong Kong as a refugee

As told to Leanne Ledgard. Words by Leanne Ledgard. Mahmoud* arrived in Hong Kong more than sixteen years ago, after fleeing persecution in his country. Despite all his children being born and raised in Hong Kong, each day is uncertain, as Mahmoud cannot work to provide for his family – and his children live as…

From political violence to legal limbo: Refugee Perspectives

(Continued from previous post) As told to Mhairi McLaughlin and Tegan Smyth. Words by Mhairi McLaughlin.  People in Hong Kong need to consider refugees as human beings, and understand that they need to be treated with the same respect as their own family What is life like for your kids in Hong Kong?  Nino: We…

Bridge the welfare gap

As told to Cynthia Chung *Interviewee’s name has been changed as requested* Can you please tell me about your position in Refugee Union? My name is Alex*, I volunteer my time running the Refugee Union in HK. I’m the secretary, I handle all communications and administration. This involves the usual day-to-day work in an office,…

Food for thought

(Continued from Part 1) You have to understand that being a refugee is not a crime. It is not something we should be punished for, or a reason to squeeze us or mistreat us or use against us as though we have done something wrong. To deny us our human rights, our joy, our dignity…

Education, the greatest equaliser

To be a refugee, no one wants to be a refugee. It is part of life. You never think, when you are in your home country “oh, one day, I will be a refugee”. We kicked off the first session of Table of Two Cities with some incredible dishes from Uganda, prepared by Amanda*, one…