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Friday 24 September 2021

Former refugee speaks language of learning

Kenyan graduate aims to become ‘voice of the voiceless’

A former refugee from Kenya, who began high school without speaking a word of English, has graduated from the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan).

Mohamed Abdi, aged 23, grew up in a refugee camp and despite lots of family responsibilities has now graduated with a 2:1 degree from UCLan’s BSc (Hons) Media Production.

“It’s a dream come true to be the first in my family to accomplish such an achievement,” said the dedicated scholar who has not only started up a motivational coaching company, but also plans to continue his education on UCLan’s MA in Multimedia Journalism as well as taking part in a BBC journalism scheme.

"I have experienced a lot in my life and I enrolled at UCLan because of the University’s track record of producing international news reporters and journalists who can bring stories to light which would otherwise never be told"

New graduate Mohamed Abdi

“During the course my biggest hurdle was my ability to help and support my family as well as focus on my studies at the same time,” added Mohamed. “Back home my father requires daily care and I also wanted to ensure my two little sisters had the support they needed to focus on their own school and college studies.

“I have experienced a lot in my life and I enrolled at UCLan because of the University’s track record of producing international news reporters and journalists who can bring stories to light which would otherwise never be told.

“What drives me on is a passion for being a voice for the voiceless and I feel confident the knowledge I’ve gained over the course of my degree will help me to achieve my aim and tell the stories that really matter.”