Meet Benthan

Bethan* is a refugee accompanied by JRS UK

If you had to say something that defines yourself, what would it be?

If I had to say something that defines me, it would be being a mother to my two sons. I would say this is something that defines me because my children are my world and I would go above and beyond for them. I came to this country to ensure that they have a better life experience than I did. I love being there for my children and being able to teach them to have confidence and believe in themselves that they can achieve anything they set their minds to.

What values matter more in your life?

I have three values that matter most in my life and they’re family, humanity and kindness. These three matters to me the most because they’re what not only defines who I am as a person; but also what I live by on a daily basis. Family is one of the values because no matter what we go through in life; family will always be there to support and guide us. Humanity and Kindness are the other two values that matter to me the most because they’re not only what I live by; but I believe these are values that are important in today’s society, now more than ever because not only has 2020 been a year of more self-awareness and more self-education with our health when it comes to COVID-19 and the significance of BLACK LIVES MATTER. 2020 has also been a year that has shown everyone around the world that we really need to improve in creating a community that thrives on solidarity and that we need to improve on supporting one another and being there for one another in the best way that we can.

How do you want to contribute to your community?

How I have been contributing to my community is that I volunteer at the Hackney Migrant Centre and how I plan to continue to continue to contribute to my community is by giving back in the best ways that I know I can; if it’s volunteering etc.

What is the change that you want/wish to see in Europe?

For me, the change I would like to see in the UK/Europe is that I want UK to give asylum seekers, refugees, migrants or displaced individuals human rights and give us a sense of belongingness here in the UK as we all have a reason why we want a place we call home and feel safe in.

Why do you think the work of JRS is relevant today?

I think the work of JRS UK is very relevant today because JRS amplifies and advocates for the voices of asylum seekers, refugees, migrants and displaced individuals to be heard. Also, another reason why JRS UK’s work is relevant today is because they are doing the work the government isn’t doing when it comes to asylum seekers, refugees, migrants of displaced individuals. As I believe the government ignores anything that relates to people that are going through asylum cases just like I am. Organisations like JRS UK are the ones that not only give me hope; but they also ensure that the UK government don’t forget asylum seekers like me or migrants, refugees and displaced individuals.

What does JRS mean to you?

JRS UK means the absolute world to me. Without JRS, I wouldn’t be where I am right now. Thank you so much JRS UK for creating a safe place for not only my family and I; but for other people that are going through what I’m currently going through. I’m forever grateful to you JRS UK.

*Not her real name to protect her identity