Young refugees tell their stories in a series of video diaries produced by the British Red Cross for Refugee Week.
Most of these young people, who have all benefited from our services, now volunteer for us as a way of saying thank you. Watch the films to find out why they left their home countries and what they think about life in the UK.
Cherif Lacine (17), from Cote D’Ivoire, lives in Glasgow and has found success as a footballer for Rangers under-19s squad. He lost touch with his family when he left his country, but found his mother through our international family tracing work.
Watch Cherif's story
Charles Fon (17) comes from Cameroon in West Africa. He was left his country after his parents were killed for their political beliefs. He has made friends and learned first aid through a Red Cross peer education project in Manchester.
Watch Charles's story
Lamama Kalukenda (19), from the Democratic Republic of Congo, left her country when her father experienced problems. She misses her friends, but thinks the UK is beautiful and wants to train as a doctor. She now lives in Glasgow.
Watch Lamama's story
Abdulrahman Zahran Omar (22) comes from Somalia. He left his country after his father was beaten and killed, fleeing first to Kenya and then to the UK. The Red Cross helped him find his way around Glasgow, make friends and improve his English.
Watch Abdulrahman's story
Edmund Muhoozi (18) from Uganda came to the UK because his family were in danger. He joined the Red Cross peer education project in Manchester and is now a first aid volunteer.
Watch Edmund's story
Fahad Feysal Ahmed (24), from Somalia, left his country after his grandfather was murdered. He found it difficult when he first arrived in London because he didn't know any English. He now speaks seven languages and is training to be a pilot.
Watch Fahad's story
Kamran Hussaini (19) left his home in Iran when he was 17, because his life was in danger. The Red Cross helped him fit into the UK and improve his English. He is now studying to be an actor.
Watch Kamran's story