This year marked the 20th anniversary of Refugee Week. Refugee Support Devon worked with other local groups to hold events between the 18th and the 24th of June.
As well as the annual coffee morning, there were 2 information drop-in sessions. Many thanks to the Mint Methodist Church, the Palace Gate Centre and the Mulberry Cafe for allowing us to host these events. We were lucky this year to have the help of Khaled at the Mint Methodist Church Coffee Morning. He is a refugee himself, and he was glad to answer questions about his own experience of being a refugee in Lebanon and in Exeter. You can read more about Khaled on the ‘Blog’ page.
Coffee mornings are a great opportunity to meet up and answer questions about refugee issues. If you would like us to come to your coffee morning, please get in touch with the office and we’d be glad to come.
A film night followed by a panel discussion took place at the Phoenix. The film “Another News Story” was a moving and challenging account of the way the news media covered the migrant journeys of 2015 and the panel discussion was great. June Marshall, a Refugee Support Devon Trustee, was accompanied by Samantha Knights QC. Sam is a very talented and committed advocate of refugee rights. We hope to get her insights again on other occasions, and if you get the opportunity to hear her speak, then I urge you to take up the chance.
Local restaurant The Flat had a pizza ‘special’ for the week and raised much needed funds for RSD.
Other local organisations, DDE, City of Sanctuary, Amnesty International and ABIDE held events in Exeter and there was a World Cafe in Totnes.
Thanks to all who helped and also those who attended events.
June Marshall and Liz Oxburgh, July 2018
Information about RSD events for Refugee Week 2019 will be posted here as soon as we have them. Please watch this space!