Hey, I’m Reem, an 18-year-old newcomer at the Bristol Refugee Festival, stepping into the role of their youngest events ambassador.
Back in May 2023, my drive to support Sudan during its war led me to a quest for fundraising. I knew nothing about events planning, but my dad connected me with Vandna (BRF Community Engagement lead) who became my guiding star through the entire event planning journey. Together, we crafted an event that managed to pull in over £500! When I later found myself in Egypt, I made sure those funds reached Sudanese families seeking refuge there.
Being part of the Bristol Refugee Festival is more than a title; it’s a gratitude-filled experience. It’s opened doors to meeting incredible souls and diving into the richness of diverse cultures and religions. The last event was a standout moment when Vandna graciously invited me on stage to share a poem expressing what “home” truly means to me. Here is my poem.
In the heart of Sudan , where the Nile winds sing,
Our home echoed love, a cherished spring.
Beneath the sun’s caress, on ancient ground,
Safety and warmth, a heartbeat’s surround.
Then fate unfurled a map anew,
Bristol’s streets embraced a different view
From Khartoum’s glow to Clifton’s air,
Our home transplanted, a journey so rare.
“To me, a home is where you feel loved,
Safe and cherished,” Malala quoted
Our home is comfort and keeps us motivated
In each brick of our dwelling, that truth rings,
A sanctuary where family springs.
Bristol’s skyline, a canvas to explore,
Yet Sudan’s echoes in every door.
New accents blend with tales untold,
A quilt of cultures, both young and old.
In the heart of our home, where laughter weaves,
A sanctuary where each soul believes.
From Sudan’s plains to England’s west,
Our home is truly blessed.