In fighting Islamic State and Assad, Britain cannot forget their victims

According to David Cameron, the aim of British involvement in Iraq and Syria would be to stabilise the area. This of course, in the short term, means the defeat of the Islamic State and a resolution to the conflict in Syria. It appears to be vitally important to our government that this particular area returns to some semblance of calm. …

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Help Over the Final Hurdle

Harassed, stressed, tired and disorientated people are arriving in Leeds from all over Yorkshire and the Humber and the North East and finding a warm welcome and a helping hand. ‘The idea is to help people arrive in a calmer, and less nervous state as they go into a ‘life or death’ situation’, explains Matthew Neill.‘What we offer is a …

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Bringing the World to Leeds

Three highly skilled photographers have captured inspiring images of Leeds with award their winning pictures as part of the One World Leeds photography competition. First prize goes to Paul Dishman for his photograph taken during Leeds Light Night. Paul’s colourful performer contrasted against the stark silhouette of Leeds Town Hall at sunset wowed the judges. You can find out more …

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Creating clarity and understanding in Leeds

Clarity Social Enterprise has recently been set up by refugees, local Leeds residents and with the support of Leeds Refugee Forum. Clarity is a new company with big ideas for improving the world. Clarity is a not for profit organisation – which means all profit are used to benefit refugees and asylum seekers in the UK. Solomon Kidane, a volunteer …

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Excellent Leeds law firm short-listed for award

Henry Hyams Solicitors are delighted to have been shortlisted for The Law Society’s Excellence Awards, which will be judged on 9 October. The Leeds based legal firm undertakes pro-bono (free) work in support of the Manuel Bravo Project. The project offers free legal advice to asylum seekers who wish to appeal against a negative first decision or submit a fresh …

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Photography Competition

One World Leeds is proud to announce a photography competition The theme is “Bringing the World to Leeds”. It therefore could be: A world event happening in Leeds (e.g. Carnival / Tour de France) A Leeds person somewhere in the World (e.g. someone travelling abroad) An image or abstract that illustrates the theme (e.g. Leeds City Hall covered in world flags) An image …

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Journeys of great uncertainty

Asylum seekers arriving in the UK are dispersed to make their own way to major cities in remote regions to be interviewed by the Home Office. Most arrive disorientated and harassed before a long interview that will determine their future. Acts of hospitality are lifelines in this hostile system. ‘I couldn’t sleep on the eve of the journey because I …

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Have you got a story to tell?

Contributions for the printed OWL magazine are now closed (unless you quickly send something and it happens to fill a gap). There’s still time to enter the photography competition and we are always open for contributions to the website. If you have something suitable then please email it to the editor @ oneworldleeds.org ———————————————————————- We are currently seeking contributions for the final …

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Syria Speaks! in Bradford

The critic and novelist Robin Yassin-Kassab said that, in a way, it is less depressing being in Syria or just across the boarder, than over here because individual lives are being revolutionized; every single man, woman and child has an horrifying story to tell but still, people have stayed on, working under very dangerous circumstances giving hope to the future. …

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The World Cup in Leeds – Saturday 14 June

That’s right – forget Rio, it’s on Roundhay Road that you’ll find international football, alongside a bouncy castle, face-painting and food. The quality of  football will be exceptional, with many internationally-capped players on the pitch. Saturday 14 June, 11-5pm, Thomas Damby Campus, Leeds City College, Community Sport Centre, Roundhay Road, Leeds, LS7 3BG

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