Refugee Crisis: ‘I tried not to cry in front of them, but I couldn’t hold it back’

He fled Saddam Hussein’s atrocities in Iraq 15 years ago. Now, Alan Ahmad is happily settled in Hull and hoping to qualify as a black cab driver. But when the 28-year-old went to Calais and Dunkirk to help with the humanitarian effort last month, the horrors of being a refugee came flooding back.

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From a child fleeing a brutal dictator to Hull city councillor hoping to ease the refugee crisis

As a young boy, he saw his father die from the torture inflicted on him by a brutal regime. Haroldo Herrera-Richmond was just two years old when Augusto Pinochet’s dictatorship took power in Chile. Now a Hull city councillor after coming to England, Cllr Herrera-Richmond is well qualified to speak on the global refugee crisis.

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