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Safety in an unstable world

Scotland is a place of safety for people from all over the world who are struck by war and persecution. Under the 1951 Refugee Convention we join with the rest of the UK in offering them protection.

In 2010, Scottish Refugee Council marked 25 years of helping refugees restart their lives. We’ve highlighted just three personal stories, of people from three very different but all very dangerous countries.

Afghanistan Seven thousand civilians have been killed in Afghanistan since 2006 and rates are increasing. Suicide attacks and ongoing intimidation by local and regional militias add to the daily threats.

Shah Mohammad got out of Afghanistan two years ago, after losing most of his family. He fears for the safety of his remaining siblings.

China Hundreds of reports of torture and execution emerge from China every year. Freedom of speech is limited, and attacks have taken place on ethnic minorities and spiritual groups.

Wencai Qu sought refuge ten years ago after his membership of a spiritual group left him in fear of his life. He knows many others who are still in danger.

Zimbabwe Despite its coalition government reports of grave, and widespread human rights abuses continue to emerge from Zimbabwe, including torture, imprisonment and random violence.

Silence Chihuri fled Zimbabwe in 2001. He believes his compatriots still face persecution and need continued protection

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