Fatuma Ibrahim

Refugee Council

Fatuma Ibrahim fled war-torn Somalia in 2002 as a young single mother of 2. It took 5 years for her and her young family to get their official rights to remain giving her little access to support and services in this period. Despite her personal situation with responsibility for raising two young children, and the challenges of integrating into a new culture and country, Fatuma was determined to rebuild her life.

In those 5 years she focused on improving her English, and then took her GCSEs and A-levels. Having experienced the horrors and hardship of fleeing her homeland and the challenges of rebuilding her life with her children in a new and unknown land, alone, Fatuma decided she must help others so that they do not face everything on their own and began volunteering to support refugees in 2007. She started working with the Refugee Council in 2019. Since June 2022, as a volunteer with the Refugee Council Resettlement team, Fatuma has helped over 100 refugees with appointments, paperwork, as an interpreter between teachers and parents and being a friendly and understanding voice at all times.