BRWR took part in Bromsgrove’s annual Mediaeval Street Market on Saturday 24th June with a stall and activities. This year we asked visitors to make bunting representing Refugee Week’s theme “Different Pasts, Shared Future”.
We were delighted with the results. Young and old took part and BRWR committee member Claire Davies will now be adding their artworks to the bunting begun at The Bandstand Event in Redditch on St Stephen’s Green.
BRWR provided displays during Refugee Week in both town centre libraries featuring our local work, books about refugees available for loan and Refugee Week materials.
To mark Refugee Week 2017 and the first anniversary of Syrian families arriving in Worcestershire, refugees and their support network have come together to highlight the programme’s success.
One refugee family has contributed to a long form story created by the council with additional contributions from Refugee Action, volunteers and the county’s Libraries and Learning Service to illustrate the story of their first year in Worcestershire.
Among the many heartbreaking stories to come out of the Grenfell Tower tragedy, you may have heard about victim Mohammad Alhajali, who was a refugee from Syria. Mohammad helped to organise the Syrian Refugee Community Iftar, marking the Great Get Together and Refugee Week, and would have been serving food there. Instead he will be remembered in prayers, and we ask the Refugee Week community to remember him, as we stand in solidarity with those who are mourning his passing.
Citizens UK post, republished, about a child refugee, finally reunited with his uncle after thousands of miles, months in the Calais Jungle and on the streets of Paris.
Rehan was reunited with his uncle after Safe Passage took legal action forcing the government to bring him to safety. There are hundreds of children just like him desperate to reach their families but prevented from doing so by the authorities.
Working together with communities across the UK we’ve opened legal routes that have brought over 1,000 children to safety.
But the Government is refusing to reunite many more child refugees in Europe safely and legally with their families. That’s why, with your help, we took our Judicial Review to the High Court. They’ve now heard the arguments and we’re waiting for their decision which could open the way for hundreds more happy reunions like Rehan’s.