Refugee Week 2020 – Imagine a better world

Refugee Week is a UK-wide festival celebrating the contributions, creativity and resilience of refugees. This year’s Refugee Week, which took place between June 15th and June 21st, asked us to #Imagine a better world for refugees, and to undertake a series of simple acts that would bring about positive change and a greater understanding of the challenges refugees and people seeking asylum in the UK face.

Projects across the network marked refugee week by shining a spotlight on the experiences of refugees and people seeking asylum. There were some really creative initiatives;

Staff, volunteers, residents and the directors at Abigail Housing in Leeds and Bradford all completed 805 steps each to virtually climb Erta Ale ‘Smoking Mountain’ located in northeastern Ethiopia, to raise awareness and vital funds. They chose a mountain climbing challenge to symbolise the mountains refugees have to climb to reach safety, protection and sanctuary, and the challenges they face along the way.

ARC Project in Blackburn put together a series of reflections on what it is to be a refugee in the UK, from the anguish of losing loved ones, jobs, and your identity, to the harrowing choices faced by many people seeking asylum. 

At NACCOM, we revisited some filmed conversations that our Community Reporters made of their experiences in the UK, and looked at how simple acts (such as travelling by bus without fear of harassment, or a neighbour saying a friendly “hello”) can make all the difference to the lives of refugees and people seeking asylum. 

We also asked staff and members to reflect on what kind of a world we wanted to see for refugees and people seeking asylum:

 

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