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Kent Refugee Action Network to receive Hans Albrecht Foundation Award for contribution to human rights


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A leading charity which supports young asylum seekers is to receive an award for its work.

Kent Refugee Action Network (KRAN), which is based in Canterbury and operates in communities across Kent, will be presented with the Hans Albrecht Foundation Award for Outstanding Contribution to Human Rights at a ceremony in London next month.

Kent Refugee Action Network supports young asylum seekers as they settle in communities in the county. Picture: KRAN
Kent Refugee Action Network supports young asylum seekers as they settle in communities in the county. Picture: KRAN

Previous recipients of the prize include the charity's patron Lord Alf Dubs, who arrived in the UK as a child refugee on the Kindertransport which rescued Jewish children from the Nazis before the Second World War.

The organisation's chief executive, Dr Razia Shariff, said: "KRAN is honoured and delighted to have been chosen for the Hans Albrecht Foundation Award in recognition of our outstanding contribution to the field of human rights.

"Through the recent challenging times our staff, trustees and volunteers have as always adapted and adjusted to overcome the new context, showing their commitment and dedication to the young people we exist to support. Those young people have remained positive and resilient during these trying times.

"KRAN will continue to speak truth to power, working to change the wider narrative to be more humane and respectful of the rights of young refugees and asylum seekers to seek safety in the UK and flourish so that they can contribute to our communities.

"We thank the Hans Albrecht Foundation for their work in advancing and promoting human rights in the UK as part of the legacy of Hans who himself experienced similar hardships to the young refugees of today."

Classroom-based activities help young asylum seekers settle in Kent
Classroom-based activities help young asylum seekers settle in Kent

Hans Albrecht was brought to Britain on the Kindertransport in May 1939, and as a child with learning difficulties and autism he experienced a troubles time settling in a new country.

He eventually settled in Brighton and the foundation which carries his name was set up after his death in 2015 to honour his memory by helping to raise awareness about children and young people experiencing similar hardships to those he faced as a refugee.

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