"T" has a qualification in computer sciences and was forced to teach the dictator's army in his homeland of Eritrea.
He was jailed for holding a bible class in his house.
Seeing one of his friends beaten to death in jail convinced him to escape. Luckily, as he ran none of the bullets fired at him hit him. He and a friend crossed the desert to Libya in separate old jeeps. His friend didn't survive as the jeep he was in broke down in the middle of the desert and all occupants perished.
He then crossed the Mediterranean in an overloaded craft [ 850 passengers instead of max. 400 ] and was only saved from drowning when two Italian patrol ships, one to each side, steadied the badly listing craft and took it into port. He had one further escape from death prior to his arrival in England.
We mentored him and encouraged him through his asylum process. Whilst waiting for a decision he volunteered for us as a Tigrinya translator.
He was granted 'leave to remain' and with our references obtained two different University places. He has recently left us to take up a place at a London University.