Letter Ten

Welcome.

How are you? I hope this letter finds you safe.

We don’t know each other but I imagine you are probably nervous and worried and homesick and lost and confused as you face a new future. I imagine you have left all you know behind and I celebrate your bravery and courage for this. I imagine what it must be like to move away from family and friends and the things you hold dear but I know I will never really understand what you have been through.

I am happy you are here. Happy that you are safe, and happy that the UK is your new home. Happy that we can perhaps exchange and share stories, hopes, fears, jokes and dreams – one day. Happy to think you may feel a little comfort knowing that the UK welcomes you with open arms, flung wide and that those who appear not to are more afraid than you. They can change as I know you have had to do.

The UK is an interesting place, it offers you safety and a future and opportunities and fun and hope and kindness and strange food like Marmite and Irn Bru and Haggis. Enjoy getting to know the UK as we get to know you. Remember we need you as much as you need us.

Keep safe. Keep strong.

Warmest and kindest regards,

Shona Reppe, Edinburgh, Children’s Theatre Maker/Designer

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