Farhad and self-portrait

Meet Farhad

Farhad is a young boy with big dreams of one day becoming a celebrated artist and the best footballer in the world.

Watch the video to find out more about Farhad's family, home and hopes for the future. There’ll be a few questions later on, so watch and listen carefully.
 

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Farhad lives with his mum, dad and two brothers, Farzad and Faramarz in a refugee camp in Serbia.

 

Farhad's Mum

Mum

Farhad's Dad

Dad

Farhad

Farhad

Farzad

Farzad

Faramarz

Faramarz

 

At the moment, they're all sharing one room where they eat, sleep, study and play.

Farhad's Family's room

 

Life wasn't always like this though...

 

Farhad and his family are from Afghanistan.

 

There was a war there though, so he grew up in Iran.

“We lived in a big house. There was a room for me and my brothers. I had friends from Afghanistan in school.”

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Farhad drawing his old front door

The journey

Two years ago, they had to flee again, making the dangerous journey from Iran to Serbia on foot, by car and on a smuggler's boat.

The route Farhad travelled
 

 

Sadly, Farhad and his family aren't the only people fleeing their homes.

 

Every two seconds

someone in the world is forced to abandon their home because it's no longer safe for them to stay there.

12,300

migrants entered Serbia between January and August 2018.

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Pencils

Making a difference

Farhad's had an incredibly tough few years but, thanks to money raised by people like you, his future's looking brighter.

 

Refugee Foundation Serbia is helping Farhad and other young people rebuild their lives

 

English teacher with refugees

Language Lessons

The project supported Farhad's learning with Serbian and English lessons, so he could continue his education and make new friends.

Art supplies

Art supplies

When the team realised Farhad had a love of and talent for art, they gave him some colouring pencils and paper, so he could start drawing again.

Farhad playing football

Time for a kick-about

Along with other youngsters from the centre, Farhad’s been on picnics and day trips, where he can get some fresh air and work on his ball skills.

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Farhad playing football

Farhad's future

Farhad’s family have recently been given citizenship in Serbia and his drawings have been displayed at an art exhibition in Belgrade.

He’s still hoping for a new home and the chance to get back to school though.

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Quiz time