Images of refugees living in Scotland go on show

Thamer Al-Johmani at home with his son Omar. Picture: Conor Ashleigh/British Red Cross/PA
Thamer Al-Johmani at home with his son Omar. Picture: Conor Ashleigh/British Red Cross/PA
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PHOTOS capturing the stories of refugee families beginning new lives in Scotland after fleeing their homes have gone on display.

The images chart life over a six-week period for four families from Syria, Iran and Sri Lanka as they settle in Glasgow.

Mohammad greeting his daughter. Picture: Conor Ashleigh/British Red Cross/PA

Mohammad greeting his daughter. Picture: Conor Ashleigh/British Red Cross/PA

They were all forced to leave their homes, spending long periods of time separated before being reunited in Scotland.

All those featured in the exhibition have been helped by the British Red Cross, which commissioned photographer Conor Ashleigh to spend time getting to know them as they begin their new lives.

It includes the story of a father-of-seven who fled from Syria to Egypt after a rocket attack destroyed the family home. After arriving in the UK last year, his asylum claim was approved and the Red Cross helped him bring his wife and children to Glasgow in February.

Also featured in the exhibition being staged at the city’s Mitchell Library is the story of Thamer Al-johmani, his wife and their four children.

Reyhanieh, left, and her mother Monir, centre, with a friend in George Square, Glasgow. Picture: Conor Ashleigh/British Red Cross/PA

Reyhanieh, left, and her mother Monir, centre, with a friend in George Square, Glasgow. Picture: Conor Ashleigh/British Red Cross/PA

A human rights lawyer in Syria, he felt his life was under threat and the family left the country for neighbouring Jordan before he sought asylum in the UK. They were then reunited 18 months later in Glasgow.

Now working as a volunteer for an organisation helping other Syrian families, he said they all enjoy living there, and his children aged between nine and 16 have ambitions ranging from a heart surgeon to an engineer.