Refugee Week is a UK-wide festival celebrating the contributions, creativity and resilience of refugees and people seeking sanctuary. Founded in 1998 and held every year around World Refugee Day on the 20 June, Refugee Week is also a growing global movement.
This year we welcome Smajo Beso to Newcastle Hospitals. Smajo was just 6 years old when the war against Bosnia began and he joins us to share his experiences and tell us how, despite what they lived through, his family rejected feelings of hate and the temptations of revenge and eventually found refuge in the UK.
Smajo grew up in Newcastle and studied architecture at Newcastle University. He worked in private practice for several years before commencing teaching at the university. He has been working to aid cross-cultural and inter-faith understanding rather than fuelling revenge and divergence through the teaching and learning of the Bosnian Genocide for several years. He is on the Remembering Srebrenica Survivor Advisory board as well as the chair of the North East Board. He is also part of the University of Sanctuary Working Group for Newcastle University.Join the Meeting