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12th November 2018

A refugee who stayed with a family in Epsom for nearly half a year has returned to the town last week to give a talk.


Ahmad Al-Rashid, 28, who works at the UN Migration Agency, returned to Epsom to give a talk at the town hall on November 7 on refugee resettlement. 


Mr Al-Rashid, from Aleppo, fled Syria in 2015 and survived a 3,000 mile journey on foot, in a dinghy, by plane and in the back of a lorry.


After travelling through Greece, France, Germany, Denmark, and spending a summer behind one of Middlesbrough’s red doors, Mr Al-Rashid moved to Ridgeway to live with Nina Kaye and her husband Timothy Nathan.


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Mr Al-Rashid, from Aleppo, fled Syria in 2015 and survived a 3,000 mile journey on foot, in a dinghy, by plane and in the back of a lorry. 

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