I Was a Stranger and You Made Me Welcome

I Was a Stranger and You Made Me Welcome

A former migrant and Muslim has won the Columban Missionaries Young Journalists Competition in Britain (print) with her article ‘I was a stranger and you made me welcome’.

In July 2010, a mere few months before civil war broke out in the Arab Spring, my parents, five siblings and myself migrated to Birmingham, UK from the United Arab Emirates. As the anti-immigration and anti-Muslim sentiment grew, spurred on by right-wing groups such as Britain First and UKIP, we saw ourselves in the face of the fire. I was nine, my younger brothers seven and three, with limited academic ability in a country unlike any we had ever seen.

Ahlaam Moledina

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