Published On: Tue, Mar 25th, 2014 on 9:00 pm

Warm welcomes as City of Sanctuary movement awards Bradford

City Of Sanctuary Bradford

(l-r) Lord Mayor of Bradford Cllr Khadim Hussain, Chair of Bradford City of Sanctuary Will Sutcliffe, sanctuary seeker Harry Femi, and national coordinator of City of Sanctuary Tiffy Allen

Bradford has been awarded for its excellent record of welcoming and helping those seeking asylum in the UK.

Earlier today at City Hall, the City of Sanctuary movement presented a prestigious certificate to the city of Bradford for offering a safe haven for people fleeing persecution.

Tiffy Allen, national coordinator of the City of Sanctuary movement, told the Yorkshire Standard: “It’s been really lovely to be here today and whilst I was watching everyone I remembered a woman who I met ten years ago.

“She arrived in Bradford from an island south of Somalia. She was completely illiterate, she had lost most of her family members, she was broken, and had been tortured. She was seeking sanctuary here.”

Ms Allen lost contact with the woman, who started to take English classes. But last summer, Ms Allen met her for the first time in eight years at the University of Bradford.

She recounted: “She was graduating with a degree in Social Sciences. She was shining and I barely recognised her. She’s married now, has a couple of children and she’s going to be a social worker and give back all the things she’s been given.

“That’s the story of sanctuary, and it’s something that Bradford makes happen.”

In 2010, Bradford became the third city in the UK to be awarded ‘City of Sanctuary’ status after reviewers visited a number of local services.

Upon inspections, they found that Bradford had an excellent record of helping people who have fled their home countries as a result of severe persecution due to their political beliefs, faith, membership of a particular social group or other reasons defined in the 1951 Refugee Convention.

About the Author

Hasan Faridi

- Hasan is the founder and editor-in chief of the Yorkshire Standard. A BA Hons graduate from the University of Huddersfield, he has over four years of experience in newspapers, magazines and radio.

Leave a comment

Your comment will be approved before it is published.

Comments containing profanity, spam or web links will NOT be approved.