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A Global Welcome – Angela Junato, Redbridge

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angelaI have lived in many places. Togo, France and Indonesia have all been my home and I know that when we move to a new country, a warm welcome makes all the difference.

When I arrived in Togo I could not have felt further from home. I was about to immerse myself in an unfamiliar culture and I felt very alone. However, the unforgettable welcome that I received from the Togolese people quickly made me feel at home. My hosts sent a young boy on foot to the neighbouring village to buy a chicken to share with me. I certainly didn’t feel worthy of such an honour but I will never forget the hospitality. Despite the looming outbreak of civil war and desperate poverty, the villagers went out of their way to welcome a complete stranger.

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