A hive of ac­tiv­ity

Refugee is an ex­am­ple to us all

Yorkshire Post - - LETTERS TO THE EDITOR -

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.

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