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Refugee is an example to us all
IF EVER there was an advert for why Britain should welcome refugees with open arms, it is the Alsous family. When war broke out in Syria they lost everything, including hope for the future. Fleeing to Huddersfield in 2015, Razan Alsous was determined to build a new life for her husband and three sons and her halloumi cheesemaking business has been a triumph.
It has already won a host of high-profile awards and now it’s her father’s turn. In his home country, Dr Ryad Alsous was a respected academic who had turned bee-keeping into an art form. By the time he followed his daughter to England his hives had been destroyed but, at 64, he is proving as resilient as the creatures he admires so much. He has just launched the Buzz Project to teach other refugees and the unemployed how to keep bees and, in turn, give them a sense of purpose. He says it is his way of saying thank you to the country which took him in, but it is us who should be thanking him.