Archive For October 26, 2016

“The children of today are watching the way in which the country they call home responds to the needs of these children”

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“The children of today are watching the way in which the country they call home responds to the needs of these children”

Churches and faith groups across Britain and Ireland are sometimes criticised for the lack of bite to their criticism of at worst apathetic and at lethargic response to the refugee crisis inside Europe’s borders. In a blog post for the Joint Public Issues Team website, Grace Pengelly pulls no punches when she writes: I wonder…

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Migrants: from fear to compassion

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Migrants: from fear to compassion

The Churches’ Commission for Migrants in Europe (CCME) joined with CEC, COMECE to discuss the fears stirred up by mass migration with the Directorate General Justice and Consumers of the European Commission on 24 October. They met in advance of the annual EU religious leaders’ summit to be held on 29 November. Mass migration prompted…

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The Suppliant Women: Mesmerising ancient theatre with a modern message

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The Suppliant Women: Mesmerising ancient theatre with a modern message

The Suppliant Women reinvigorates a 2,500 year old piece of theatre from the pen of Aeschylus which still has a poignant message to society today. David Grieg adapted a literal translation of the 463BC Greek play The Suppliants (the first of an otherwise nearly totally lost trilogy) which tells the story of The Danaids, the…

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Flotel Europa – footage from 20 years ago that speaks to the refugee crisis today

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Flotel Europa – footage from 20 years ago that speaks to the refugee crisis today

“Welcome to Flotel Europa” said the Danish Red Cross worker as Vladimir and his family boarded the five storey ship berthed in Copenhagen harbour. In the summer of 1992, the young boy escaped Sarajevo along with his older bother and mother and came to Copenhagen. 1000 refugees from the former Yugoslavia were housed in a…

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Walls – observing the cat and mouse game across three physical interfaces #BelFest

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Walls – observing the cat and mouse game across three physical interfaces #BelFest

Walls is a film that tells the story of people living on either side of three geopolitical interfaces: Mexico|USA, Morocco|Spain, and Zimbabwe|South Africa. We meet people trying to cross over, cross back, keep people in, keep people out, and those trying to save lives in the barren and exposed wastelands. We have a compulsion to erect…

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14 teenage boys arrive in UK from Calais

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14 teenage boys arrive in UK from Calais

Fourteen boys aged 14-17 have arrived in the UK from the Calais ‘Jungle’ camp. The BBC report that most “are from Afghanistan and Syria, while one is a stateless Bidun who originated from Kuwait”. They are among about 100 minors who will be brought over by the Home Office. Their first task will be to register with…

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Film review – After Spring – life in Jordan’s Zaatari refugee camp

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Film review – After Spring – life in Jordan’s Zaatari refugee camp

“We can’t continue to treat this as a very temporary situation” After 4 years and 5,000 babies – some of whom have never left the Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan – there’s an air of permanence to the temporary infrastructure that is now home to 80,000 Syrians (still only a tiny percentage of the estimated…

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The European Migration Crisis – drivers, flows, impacts and strategies [Thursday evening in Belfast]

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The European Migration Crisis – drivers, flows, impacts and strategies [Thursday evening in Belfast]

“Global displacement is a huge problem and has been for quite a while, but hasn’t really been on the radar.” Bath Spa University’s Dr Rebecca Schaaf is delivering a lecture on The European Migration Crisis in Belfast on Thursday evening as part of Belfast International Arts Festival’s World in Motion strand. With an academic background…

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“harnessing the skills of refugee chefs, journalists and nurses”

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“harnessing the skills of refugee chefs, journalists and nurses”

Monday’s Guardian newspaper carries a report explaining that in post-Brexit referendum Britain, “while some see incomers as a threat and a drain, others recognise that many refugees come with skills, ambitions and ideas that should not be wasted”. Four examples of integration and employment are cited. One of the stories highlighted is a food project…

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Film review – Lampedusa in Winter

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Film review – Lampedusa in Winter

“I want you to remember Lampedusa as the island that saved you.” Those are the words of the island’s Mayor Giusi Nicolini. With other migration routes blocked by European Union countries, the dangerous passage by sea is one of the few alternatives available for displaced people. They voyage to islands on the edge of Europe,…

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