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THE COMPASSION & KINDNESS FOUND BY A CHILD REFUGEE : An inspiring Human Story
The plight of a refugee: searching for compassion and kindness in a lightless sky

At aged twelve, Gulwali Passarlay was sent away from Afghanistan with his brother, fleeing from the conflict that had claimed his father’s life. Gulwali embarked upon a tortuous twelve-month journey across eight countries, spending time in prisons, suffering hunger, cruelty, and violence, and becoming separated from his brother. Following a terrifying boat trip across the Mediterranean, he ended up in the Calais Jungle where he stayed for a month. In 2007, he arrived in Britain in the back of a refrigerated lorry, aged just thirteen.

Today, Gulwali holds degrees from the University of Manchester and University of Coventry. He is a prolific speaker, educator, social entrepreneur, and ambassador for various organisations. He has been interviewed numerous times by major TV channels and print media. In 2012, he was a torchbearer for the Olympic games, and in 2015, he published his autobiography, The Lightless Sky.

Harsha Patel, Managing Director of Doing Social, anchors a discussion with Gulwali on the importance of compassion, love, and healing for refugees and migrants and explores Gulwali’s thoughts on how we build a kinder society. You can read more about Gulwali’s work and journey here: https://gulwalipassarlay.wordpress.com

Sep 18, 2020 06:30 PM in London

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