Muslim woman inspired by Islam to foster young refugees in Wales

Muslim woman from Bangor was inspired by her faith to welcome displaced young refugees #NationOfSanctuary

“The Quran says that we should help the needy. The girl I looked after said ‘I’ve only got Allah with me now, no family no friends.” – Kanu Sheikh

Every year around 36 million young people are displaced globally because of conflict and violence.

More than 100 of these young refugees will come to Wales seeking shelter and support.

The majority of young refugees arriving in Wales are teenage boys; many come from Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, and Sudan.

Enabling them to continue religious practices and customs helps provide them with continuity, comfort, and wellbeing.

In 2020, Kanu Sheikh, along with her husband Nadeem and young son, welcomed a young refugee into their home in Bangor.

Mrs Sheikh says, “When the young woman left my home, she left happy. She told me that when she grows up, she is going to foster too! That was so nice to hear. It meant that she understood and appreciated what we did for her.”

“I feel very satisfied that I could help someone, even for a short period of time, I could help.”

Foster Wales has issued an urgent call for support for young refugees in Wales and are calling out for more to help across the country.

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