Adam's thoughts on Share Your Story Migration event

After our event on Wednesday 9th on Migration we're looking to hear people's thoughts and reflections on the evening. Over the next couple of weeks we'll be sharing those thoughts, which have come from people who came along to the evening as well as a couple of the speakers. If you'd like to contribute your thoughts post on our Facebook page or send us an email at and we'll get them posted up.

Adam Bates' thoughts:

After the astounding final talk, I approached him to thank him. I was keen to hear what gave him such resilience and kept him through his unimaginable ordeal. He said his determination never diminished because he has family still suffering back home who want to see him again one day.

It made me realise that if he can be so stoic despite suffering hell on earth for the last five years, then the spiral towards helplessness regarding the refugee crisis isn't warranted. What I'm thinking and feeling is comparatively nothing and I owe it to the thousands like him to never give up.

I'm starting a project that acts as a central location for raw videos recorded by volunteers on the ground. I'm looking for help from the kind of people who are yearning to get involved, but are tied down with commitments at home, but still wish to help somehow. If you can use a computer then you're qualified to help. Please get in touch at I'd like to get in touch with any Arabic, Pashto and Farsi speakers as well.

Looking forward to hearing what other people took away from another incredible Share Your Story evening. Thanks again to Dave and Cedar for making it happen.