23 June 2022
Posted by Susmita Bhattacharya
Last week we had a look at poems for Refugee Week. Who is a refugee? Why do they have to leave their country? Where do they go? How do they feel?
We talked about the latest Ukrainian war, and many from the Writers' Club had Ukrainian children join their school, and one even hosted a family in her home. We also talked about the fact that not all refugees are poor or uneducated, these are often stereotypes. Anyone can be a refugee as thy are escaping from war, natural disasters or political reasons.
Here's Mihika's poem to her new friend, 5 year old Nika, who stayed with her family for a few weeks before they found a place of their own.
Dear my brand new friend!
there’s no need to be afraid,
even if it feels like the world could end,
Don't let your remaining hope fade...
l know everything feels scary and new,
But don't worry, you'll soon fit in,
Not everyone will understand you,
But, we’lI take you under our wing.
We can teach you the English language,
And show you the beautiful greenery!
It can conjure a comforting image,
Especially paired with our breakfast tea!
And although it may be all different,
“New" things aren't always bad…
You can start a new life - excellent!
Just remember all the fun that you've had!
And here is Stuti's letter for a new child in her school:
Hello unknown friend,
You don't know how I feel but I know how you feel. Leaving home and moving to a different country does feel upsetting but now that you are in United Kingdom, you don't need to worry a bit.Friends or no friends there's a lot of things to do, but ofcourse you'll make a lot of friends, I'm sure.
My advice to you is not to worry because charity's and community support is quite alot. So, you will have lots of friends and people you will come to know. So don't worry my friend.
From your dear friend,