We are excited to announce a series of talks in partnership with Refugee Support Devon, Be the Change Society and STAR.
The first talk was a great success; an incredible first-hand insight into the work of an NGO in Aleppo helping to feed thousands of internally displaced Syrians a day. Our speaker Baraa sold lots of t-shirts for the cause, and for anyone who wants to learn a little bit more about the charity he helped in, here is a useful link (for any of you who speak Arabic that is) to their facebook page:-
Talk number two is this coming Wednesday (11th Feb), at 4pm in the Dinham Room of the Exeter Community Centre. This week we will have Lisa Matthews from Right to Remain, Ben du Preez from Detention Action, accompanied by Gabriel from the Freed Voices Project, along with a brief overview by a representative from local charity Refugee Support Devon. The speakers will outline the work done by their organizations to support the rights of refugees and asylum seekers in the UK, along with stories that highlight personal experiences of the asylum system.
We follow this up two weeks on, with a talk in the Royal Albert Memorial Museum at 3pm on Friday 27th February by Exeter University Professors Nick Gill and Mick Dumper, as well as Oxford Professor Mary Bosworth. Subjects covered will include domestic asylum law, the reality of detention and the ongoing international refugee crisis.
We round off the series with a talk about the City of Sanctuary initiative as a whole, why its important and how we can implement it in Exeter, presented by Tiffy Allen, the National Coordinator of the project.
Please feel free to come along to any events, there will be biscuits, and do share our poster via email or putting it up; the more people who attend the better!