World Refugee Day human chain in Glasgow’s George Square

David Bradwell from Scottish Faiths Action for Refugees was one of hundreds of people who came together in Glasgow’s George Square this morning to form a human chain to mark World Refugee Day and show solidarity with refugees.

The event was organised by the Scottish Refugee Council, Amnesty International and Oxfam Scotland and attended by many other secular and faith-based organisations as well as schools, elected representatives, the SambaTaBamba Youth Street Band and interested individuals.

David noted that as well as being about solidarity with refugees and promoting protection for refugees, the event was also an act of solidarity for people who work with refugees.

“When you’re working in the area of supporting and working refugees it can sometimes be quite difficult because you hear stories and are dealing with people who have experienced very hard things. But we also have to remember that life is about living. For us to celebrate with joy this morning – with music and laughter and linked hands – feeds and nourishes us who are doing some of this work.”

World Refugee Day (20 June) marks the start of Refugee Festival Scotland, a two week programme of events. Other posts preview Refugee Week events across England, Northern Ireland and Wales.

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