Aghareed and Sanaa arrived recently in Manchester from Baghdad in Iraq, where the destructive legacy from civil war rages on.
Now in the UK, their biggest frustration is communication – being unable to express themselves in the English language. Without it their employment and social opportunities in the UK are extremely limited.
But the women have found a surprising way to tackle this: dumplings.
Visit Cheetham Hill community centre or Levenshulme Inspire on certain days, and you’ll find Heart and Parcel , a social enterprise using the humble dumpling to bring migrant women together and teach English speaking skills.
These dumplings are helping migrant women to learn English in Manchester
An arson investigation is underway this morning into a fire at a Romanian food shop in Norwich. The motive is unclear but one possible line of inquiry is that the arson attack is a hate crime against the owners of the store.
Shop owner describes arson attack at eastern European store in Magdalen Street, Norwich
People in Norwich have responded to the smashing-up and petrol-bombing of Romanian shop by ‘racist’ vandals by plastering the window with messages of support.
Norwich residents cover Romanian shop window in supportive notes after it was smashed by ‘racist’ vandals
A Ukrainian mum was subjected to a vile xenophobic tirade as she waited to pay for her shopping with her two children.
A hate crime investigation has been launched after the woman was told to ‘go back where she came from’ by a man in the Home Bargains store in the Ladysmith Centre, Ashton.