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From lost and lonely to safe and busy: the refugees helped by City of Sanctuary

Sabir Zazai was 23, disoriented and amazed to be still alive after being trafficked from Afghanistan to Britain. Sent to Coventry, he began to make progress thanks to an organisation that helps settle refugees and raise awareness of their plight

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On 18 December 1999, Sabir Zazai, then 23, arrived in Britain as a refugee from Afghanistan. He is still not sure how exactly he made it to the UK, dressed in only a T-shirt and trousers, with the merest of possessions. “The way we were trafficked – we didn’t see much,” he says.

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