Suhail's story

'London is really beautiful'

London through a young refugee's lens

Suhail, 18, arrived in the UK all alone four years ago. Like many young refugees and migrants, he had to fight hard to start a life in a new country. After serious struggles with mental health, Suhail is hopeful about the future.

These photos represent time he has spent in London, from moments of quiet to snapshots of joy and hope.

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magpie in pink tree

Magpie in red leaves

london skyline

City skyline

Bright lights and quicksand

When Suhail first arrived in the UK, it wasn't easy. 

'You basically start a new life, in a new country, new culture, with new things around. It’s like you’re stuck in the middle of somewhere like clay or like quicksand. When you try to get out of that it’s really hard. If no one supports you and no one takes your hand to help you, to pull you back, you can’t get up.

It’s really extremely hard, because you don’t know anything. Especially if you have to do everything on your own without your family.'

'As a young refugee, you have to work hard and sort things out on your own.'

pink lights canary wharf london

Pink lights

arcellormittal orbit london

ArcelorMittal Orbit

'There was a place that was a quiet area where no one could see you. I cycled and sat there for a while, and most of the times I cried.'

inside the boat

Inside the boat

This was one of the days I sat there, there was a boat that is always there. I just sat there to take pictures.

'I used to get really emotional, I felt like crying'

Now I feel different, I feel a little bit strong. At the time if even a little thing happened, I used to get really emotional, and then remembered about my family, my problem and situation.

It was a hard time. Still it is, but right now I feel a little bit better.' 

'I feel less lonely compared to other places I've been.'

office windows

London architecture

car wingmirror

On the road

Many unaccompanied young refugees and migrants, after incredibly difficult journeys, face even more challenges when they arrive in the UK.

Fortunately, we were able to to help Suhail with his age dispute and support him with his mental health.

'Many times I struggled to keep my life. I was going to end it. But it was The Children’s Society and their help, giving me a plan and what I should do when I felt like this… I can definitely say that is one of the reasons I am still alive now.'

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Daisies

'I used my phone camera to take the picture and then I remembered the emojis on the app. I found it funny – and now whenever I see the photo I laugh.'

Now Suhail is feeling more confident 'and hoping that everything will one day sort out.'

'All the different ways I have experienced difficulties, losing my family, coming here, I learned from each of them. I got the wisdom and understanding from these things.

Hopefully I will get back to my family and find them, and go to university. Being the person that I want to be.'

happy daisies

daisies

Daisies, Newham

'I used my phone camera to take the picture and then I remembered the emojis on the app. I found it funny – and now whenever I see the photo I laugh.'

Now Suhail is feeling more confident 'and hoping that everything will one day sort out.'

'All the different ways I have experienced difficulties, losing my family, coming here, I learned from each of them. I got the wisdom and understanding from these things.

Being the person that I want to be.'

'I hope that one day I become a person I can somehow be.'

Supporting young refugees and migrants

 

For many separated and unaccompanied young people, arriving in the UK is not the end of their difficult journey.

We work with young refugees and migrants to help them navigate complex systems and rebuild their lives in a new country.

Find out more about our work with young refugees and migrants.

Supporting young refugees and migrants


For many separated and unaccompanied young people, arriving in the UK is not the end of their difficult journey.

We work with young refugees and migrants to help them navigate complex systems and rebuild their lives in a new country.

OUR WORK WITH YOUNG REFUGEES