Archive For October 31, 2017

“Children never asked for this – that’s my motivation, simple”

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“Children never asked for this – that’s my motivation, simple”

Some years ago Joby Fox lost his own young daughter to cancer. The media images of the crisis unfolding in the Mediterranean deeply moved him. “Children never asked for this – that’s my motivation, simple.” The Northern Ireland singer/songwriter flew to the Greek island of Lesbos in the winter of 2015. Leaving his wife and…

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Greek PM asked to end island containment policy

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Greek PM asked to end island containment policy

In an open letter, nineteen aid organisations and human rights groups have called on Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras to end the “containment policy” which traps asylum seekers on the islands and “to immediately transfer asylum seekers to the mainland and meet their protection needs.” The groups include ActionAid, Amnesty International, Care, Danish Refugee Council, Human…

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Refugee Rescue profile on BBC One NI

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Refugee Rescue profile on BBC One NI

Three Fridays ago I sat in what must be one of the world’s smallest TV studios in BBC’s Broadcasting House in Belfast. On the stool next to me was Joby Fox who I’d last seen singing at the launch of Community Relations week in 2016. We talked on air (if that’s the correct phrase for…

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Lives in Translation: new play highlights inadequacy of asylum system #BelFest

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Lives in Translation: new play highlights inadequacy of asylum system #BelFest

Theatre can confront audiences with stories and people that they would normally not hear or see. Last night the premiere performance of a new play Lives in Translation took place in Belfast. The three-handed play tells the story of one Somali woman who fled from Mogadishu. Yet Asha does not escape from conflict. While she no longer…

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CTBI Churches’ Refugee Network meets

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CTBI Churches’ Refugee Network meets

The CTBI Churches’ Refugee Network formally met today for the first time. It’s the result of a merger between the well established Churches’ Refugee Network (which included representatives of churches, practitioners working directly with asylum seekers and people with theological resources in the area) and a regular meeting of NGOs (which includes representatives of the…

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Workshop on Faith Networks for Service Delivery and Advocacy for Refugees (London, 19 October)

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Workshop on Faith Networks for Service Delivery and Advocacy for Refugees (London, 19 October)

Migration Exchange is hosting a learning and skill-sharing workshop in London on the afternoon of Thursday 19 October. The workshop will examine faith networks in service delivery and advocacy for refugees, migrants and asylum seeker and will provide space for reflection, learning and networking among leading figures from faith institutions and networks, and key migrant, refugee…

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Gardens Speak – unearthing Syrian stories from beyond the grave #BelFest

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Gardens Speak – unearthing Syrian stories from beyond the grave #BelFest

I’m slowly walking back up Belfast’s Botanic Avenue at about a third of pace I would usually strike. There is earth under some of my fingernails. A to do list of a thousand and one things no longer seem so urgent. I’m preoccupied with the live of one young man who died near the beginning…

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Asylum and refugee projects shortlisted for Liberty award

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Asylum and refugee projects shortlisted for Liberty award

Residents of the small Welsh market town of Narberth have been shortlisted for Liberty’s 2017 Human Rights Awards. Croeso Arberth and the people of Narberth have been nominated “for their work to provide a safe haven for refugee families fleeing war and terror”. As a community they were unwilling to stand by and watch the…

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Lampedusa Ecumenical Statement

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Lampedusa Ecumenical Statement

The organisations which arranged the “Living and witnessing the border” conference in Palermo and Lampedusa issued a joint statement which emphasised the gospel imperatives to welcome, protect and nourish. CTBI’s Christine Elliott attended the conference and will post her reflections on the event which coincided with the fourth anniversary of the 3 October 2013 loss…

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