Today is WORLD REFUGEE DAY!
Celebrated each year on 20th June, it is a time to reflect on the challenges faced by refugees and the courage they demonstrate in overcoming them.
It is also an opportunity to focus our support for millions of people who have been displaced by war, disasters, and humanitarian crises. Multiple humanitarian emergencies in Syria, Iraq, the Central African Republic and more have forced record numbers of people to flee; world refugee numbers have not been this high since World War II.
They say "a picture speaks a thousand words", and we leave you with this image from Iraqi artist Abbas Alaboudi, and his reflection about detention:
I described the situation of children in detention by this painting he Do not know why he is behind the fence does not know when to come out of the detention does not know what his guilt ( please share show all the world what is happening in detention)
WORLD REFUGEE DAY – FESTIVAL OF HOPE
Saturday 25th June at Brunswick Town Hall
Lentara UnitingCare, Amnesty International and Moreland City Council are partnering to celebrate Refugee Week with a fun festival by refugees, for refugees and all Australians who support them.
Festival of Hope is back with an even bigger and better celebration of refugees and the positive impact they have in our community!
Whether you are already a passionate advocate, have a curiosity to learn more or are simply looking for a fun and positive day out, this event is for you.
A taste of what to expect …
- Inspirational speakers including businesswoman and community leader Mariam Issa who founded Resilient Inspiring Women (RAW) and the community garden that has revolutionised the sea side suburb of Brighton
- Market Stalls selling things to feel good about from social enterprises such as Sisterworks and Free to Feed
- A Congolese dance workshop that will teach you some new moves
- The Action Hub where you can take a stand and fight for more humane policies
- An art exhibition showcasing works by local students on the theme of courage
- Scintillating storytelling that will get you on the edge of your seat
- Advocacy workshops led by organisations with the knowhow on becoming an advocate and activist in this space
- Free henna art and face painting
- The chance to meet with and learn from leading organisations in the field including Uniting Care Lentara, Road to Refuge, the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre, Free to Feed and Sisterworks
- A delicious array of food trucks and Melbourne’s finest coffee
For further information, you can also visit their event page on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1586663274997874/+