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Refugees drum up support to make new voices heard

PUBLISHED: 19:56 01 July 2008 | UPDATED: 13:24 05 October 2010

Ayaz Ali (top) and celebrations marking 25 years of refugee aid in East End

Ayaz Ali (top) and celebrations marking 25 years of refugee aid in East End

A LITTLE boy bangs the drum to celebrate the birthday’ of a refugee organisation that’s been operating in London’s East End for a quarter-of-a-century. Little Ayaz Ali is only four-and-a-half. But he was already the big noise’ at the celebrations marking the 25th anniversary of Praxis, which helps refugees integrate.

A LITTLE boy bangs the drum to celebrate the birthday’ of a refugee organisation that’s been operating in London’s East End for a quarter-of-a-century.

Little Ayaz Ali is only four-and-a-half. But he was already the big noise’ at the celebrations marking the 25th anniversary of Praxis, which helps refugees integrate.

Some 2,000 people packed Bethnal Green’s Museum of Childhood to mark the New Voices’ celebration.

Ayaz was there with his aunt Zaynab Mahamoud, a receptionist from Bethnal Green.

His family are Kurdish refugees from northern Iraq now settled in London.

The families were joined at the museum by the Mayor of Tower Hamlets, Mohammed Salique, to celebrate the contribution by immigrants down the centuries to East London, Britain’s traditional first base and melting pot’.

The crowds were treated to music from across the globe with Irish dancing workshops in the Kidz’ corner.

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