Hasabo was brought into the UK as part of the National Transfer Scheme procedure in February 2017. He spent time at a welcome centre in Harrogate before moving in with a SASH host.
“I am 17, my birthday is on Christmas Day. I was 13 or 14 when I had to leave my home in North Sudan.
The journey was long and hard. My uncle helped me get to Libya. But then I was on my own. In Libya it was like being in a jail, I thought I could die any time.
I got to Italy on a small boat, then to France by train. I was in Calais for one year. In France I was cold, I didn’t always have enough food but it was all right. When the Jungle was cleared, some people from the UK Government came and interviewed us, and we waited for two or three months and then we were taken to England.
It was the end of a long journey. I never imagined I would be here. I’d been travelling for over three years.
It’s been hard to learn the language, not being able to pronounce things and people not understanding you. But I’m going to college to improve my English. I have good friends there. I am studying English, Maths and mechanics.
I want to work in mechanics. During the summer holidays, I went to look for work experience. I visited about six or seven garages in Harrogate and asked if I could work for free. One garage said yes, so I worked there all summer and now at weekends. It’s what I want to do for a living.
I’ve been in SASH for one year. It is good. I’m studying, progressing. I feel safer now, more positive.
I’ve tried lots of new things here, like cooking, dancing, running. Last winter we went sledging. I’ve volunteered at Resurrection Bikes, and at the Resurrected Bites café. I’ve learnt to swim. We didn’t have swimming lessons in the Sudan. Went we went from Libya to Italy, there were 80 or 90 people in one small boat and I couldn’t swim. I remembered that when we went to the swimming pool here.
I want to learn lots, get lots of experience. I feel I’m achieving a lot here. I’m meeting new people and I’m more confident. It’s good to have people who care about you, about how you are feeling but who also push you to stand by yourself.
I haven’t heard from my family. I don’t know how they are. Sometimes it feels like my hosts are my family now.
Sometimes when I thing about the future I feel it’s hard, and other times I think ‘I can do it’. It just takes time.”