Speaker Profile: Tammam Tamim
Tammam Tamim, former refugee and now President of the Manawatu Refugee Voice, shares his story about how he fled Syria, his experience in Thailand and how his family have settled into life in New Zealand. Join us to hear Tammam and his families’ story, and learn how we can create a force for positive change in our community.
Tammam Tamim, and his wife Abir Ramadan, three children and extended family came to New Zealand with his family from Syria in 2016. He is the president of volunteer group Manawatū Refugee Voice.
Since the March 15 Christchurch mosque shootings, he felt it was important for the refugee community to be more open, to help New Zealanders get to know it better.
"I want to change a little bit because I believe for us as an organisation we need to be more open to the community. I think this is one of the mistakes we made before. Even for us as a Muslim community, we felt like we were closed. We felt we were never open to the community. We are not going to be closed, we are going into the community. I shake your hand and hongi. We can do more as we share our food, you are part of our family and we are you. This is my new home and I need to take care of it."
Tammam will share his story of how he came to be in New Zealand and how he works to break down any barriers that stand in the way of understanding each other.