Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Concert Saved Me, So I'm Helping More Refugees

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Concert Saved Me, So I'm Helping More Refugees

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Byline: News and gossip from the world of entertainment by Alistair Foster Robert Dex Arts Correspondent

A FORMER child refugee whose life was saved after a charity concert at Wembley Stadium is urging Londoners to help her rescue a new generation of children escaping war.

TV presenter and singer Dashni Morad, whose family fled Iraqi Kurdistan when she was five, is setting up a charity to work with children affected by conflict. She has helped set up libraries in refugee camps in the region and wants the new organisation to focus on that.

Dashni, 31, said: "We started sending two big trucks of aid and shelter equipment but I thought we needed more, so we started to open libraries. The kids loved that there was this child-friendly space where they could learn English and play with toys. We opened a library for children who had escaped Mosul and Isis. The kids around 12 were extremely aggressive because they had grown up with Isis and no school and all they had seen was this horror every day. …

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