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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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Christian Aid Rohingya Crisis Appeal

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Christian Aid Rohingya Crisis Appeal

Christian Aid have launched a Rohingya Crisis Appeal to collect donations to support vulnerable displaced people who need food, water and shelter. Escalating violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine State in late August 2017 has forced hundreds of thousands of people from their homes, including many Rohingya Muslims who have fled to Bangladesh, fearing for their lives….

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Preview – Lives in Translation – new play explores frustrations of asylum system #BelFest

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Preview – Lives in Translation – new play explores frustrations of asylum system #BelFest

Rosemary Jenkinson’s new play Lives in Translation celebrates the human survival instinct through the story of one woman, a Somali who flees the conflict of her home, yet becomes trapped in a different form of struggle. She becomes suffocated in the bureaucracy of the asylum system and her reliance on translation which is both frustrating…

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Report on refugee camp conditions in Bangladesh

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Report on refugee camp conditions in Bangladesh

While the focus in western Europe is often concentrated on migration near or through its own borders, elsewhere in the world climate and conflict have been internally displacing millions of people, many of whom have been forced to flee to other countries. The Washington Post carries a report about Mohammad Ilias, a Rohingya Muslim refugee…

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Welcoming, protecting, promoting & integrating migrants & refugees

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Welcoming, protecting, promoting & integrating migrants & refugees

In a message linked with the launch of the 104th World day of Migrants and Refugees (to be held on 14 January 2018), Pope Francis has recalled his visit to Lampedusa on 8 July 2013 and his desire for the Church to show its concern for migrants, displaced people, refugees and victims of human trafficking….

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EU refugee policy & court case round-up

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EU refugee policy & court case round-up

An Irish-born doctor who spent three months working on board the Medecins Sans Frontieres search and rescue vessel MV Aquarius in the Mediterranean has called on the EU to open safe and legal routes for refugees and migrants rather than ignoring abuse perpetuated by Libyan forces. Dr Conor Kenny recorded a video diary and extracts…

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UK Resettlement Scheme now open to non-Syrians

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UK Resettlement Scheme now open to non-Syrians

The UK’s Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Programme will now be open to resettle vulnerable refugees of any nationality, not just Syrian, who fled the conflict to neighbouring countries and are unable to safely return to their home country. The overall target of 20,000 refugees to be resettled by 2020 remains unchanged. UK Home Secretary Amber Rudd…

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IOM Migration statistics website update

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IOM Migration statistics website update

Over the last few days, the headlines on the front pages of UK newspapers have screamed out about the number of people arriving across the Mediterranean to European shores. Some stories have concentrated on the human tragedy, some have pointed to the upset caused to holiday makers, and others have taken a firm anti-immigration line….

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Churches in Syria and Lebanon supporting refugees

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Churches in Syria and Lebanon supporting refugees

Rev Fadi Elia Dagher is the moderator of the National Evangelical Synod of Syria and Lebanon and is in Belfast to attend the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland. “In the past five years, churches have been destroyed, congregations relocated, elderly and children dead and suffering; youth injured, immigrated, lost their jobs, couldn’t…

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Humanitarian Corridors – safe and legal access to Europe

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Humanitarian Corridors – safe and legal access to Europe

CTBI’s Christine Elliott recently returned from a fact-finding visit to projects in Rome. Over the coming week’s she’ll be blogging about her encounters. Giulia Gori promotes the work of Humanitarian Corridors. This magnificent collaboration between the Italian Government departments of foreign and internal affairs and the Christian groups Mediterranean Hope, Community of Sant’Egidio and Tavola…

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