Nisar and his family suffered terrible trauma at the hands of the Taliban in his home town in Afghanistan. In 2015 he left his country and after an arduous 10 month journey, travelling alone, he arrived at the Calais Camps. He spent 3 months there where he was subjected to rubber bullets and tear gas from the French police.
He was finally granted permission to travel to the UK through the DUBS 111 family reunification amendment of the Immigration Bill 2016 and in October 2016 was reunited with his father. He was very keen to study, and we were able to buy him a laptop and mobile phone to help him with this. He is currently studying IT and Business, and given that he spoke no English before arriving here, he is learning fast, working very hard and doing amazingly well.
In November this year he was invited to attend the Houses of Parliament and at a later date, the House of Lords. He was asked to talk to the House about his experiences as a refugee. He then went on to meet with the well respected actor Juliet Stevenson. He really wants to go to University and has begun to write a book about his journey here. He is also involved with the Hummingbird Project which provides refugee aid and solidarity in the UK.
Update May 2017
Nisar is settling into life in Brighton. He has joined Karbelzalmi cricket team, following his shopping trip to buy cricket equipment, and has passed the aural part of his English exam. He is currently looking to get some funding for his weekly cricket tournament.
Big thanks to Jack at Nick Rivett Sport in Hove who helped Nisar choose his cricket equipment and gave us a great deal! Nisar was kitted out with a new cricket bat, shin pads, shoes, helmet and gloves, and is thrilled! We look forward to hearing how Nisar gets on in his tournament!