Zoom Room Catch Up

Marilyn & Rafi – Asylum Seeker & Refugee Awareness

Rafi and Marilyn join us in the Zoom Room to share their personal life experiences of being refugees in Wales.

Marilyn came to the UK from Uganda in 2009. She recalls childhood memories of fleeing South Sudan to escape military cruelty under the reign of Idi Amin, and the ensuing war after he was overthrown.

Some of you will have met Rafi already, as he is one of the shed leaders in the Abertillery, Men’s Den Shed. Rafi stared life in Baghdad, Iraq can to the UK to undertake post degree studies in Chemistry, but found himself starting a new life in Wales

Marilyn and Rafi have both raised families in Blaenau Gwent. They are passionate about the communities they live in, giving voice to the experiences of refugees living in the UK and the positive contribution refugees and asylum seekers can make to their new homes.

This is a rare opportunity to hear direct testimony from our friends with real, lived experience and we are invited to listen with open heats and to freely ask our questions, so we may better understand.

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What is the Zoom Room?

In recent years the Men’s Shed movement has played a significant role in helping men to counteract or avoid the detrimental effects of isolation and loneliness. Sheds have provided an opportunity for men to get together and to engage in some practical pursuits. We know the making and mending, building and growing are a really important part of what happens in a shed, but we also know how important it is to get together with others, to see and hear what they are interested in, and to share ideas.

 We can’t help with the making, and the growing at the moment. Lockdown is here, it is real and it is important, but we are trying to find ways that we can still get together, have a bit of chat and a shared experience. This is why Men’s Sheds Cymru are opening a new, virtual shed. We are calling it the ZOOM ROOM and everyone is welcome.