The 20th June is World Refugee Day and the first time Ireland is celebrating this event of compassion and connection with a World Refugee Week: Events and Street Feasts will be taking place across the country.
World Refugee Day on June 20, is an annual event established by the United Nations in 2001 to honour refugees around the globe.
Refugee Week will provide opportunities for residents to connect with local refugees in their areas. Each town and village will demonstrate support with everything from local street parties to art installations. Street Feasts and movie nights will be taking place across the country, and local libraries and bookshops will offer a range of books sharing refugee experiences around the world. To find out what’s going on close to you check out https://streetfeast.ie/
Schools this week will also be teaching about Refugee Week through Schools of Sanctuary Ireland, an initiative that promotes a safe, welcoming, and inclusive environment for refugees through, art, music, storytelling, and many other activities.
On the Good Morning show we spoke to Christine Lynn, a member of CVAC – Claremorris Visual Arts Community and The Prem Rawat Foundation about the peace education program she’s been doing with the asylum seekers, residing in Breaffy House, outside Castlebar.
You can find out more about this foundation at https://tprf.org/ and what happening all over Ireland by visiting: https://gcn.ie/ireland-hosts-first-refugee-week/