Refugee Week 2019

17 – 23 June 2019

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statue of child refugeesThe theme of Refugee Week 2019, ‘You, me and those who came before’, is an invitation to explore the lives of refugees – and those who have welcomed them – throughout the generations.


People escaping war and persecution have been welcomed by communities in the UK for hundreds of years, and their stories and contributions are all around us. Here in Cambridge we welcomed refugee children who fled the Spanish Civil War in the 1930s; Chilean families escaping kidnap, torture and murder at the hands of the Pinochet regime in the 1970s; and right now our community is helping refugees who have been driven from their homes in the middle-east and elsewhere by war and persecution. We have one of the most active communities in the country, supporting refugees both here in the city, and further afield in Northern France, Greece, the Middle East, and Africa.

Join us as we bring together the old and the young, those who have been here for decades and those who have just arrived – and find out what we can learn from those who sought safety in Britain generations ago.

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Refugee Week Events


FREE EVENT
CamCRAG
‘Home’ Art Exhibition
Monday 10 – Saturday 29 June
10am — 5pm

Michaelhouse Centre, Trinity Street, Cambridge CB2 1SU

Inspired by the theme of Home, and featuring multimedia artworks by international and UK established artists, refugees and art students, CamCRAG is holding an art exhibition to support homeless people in Cambridge and refugees in Calais and northern France. The project is designed to raise awareness and funding for refugees, and our associated charity Cambridge Churches Homeless Project.

FREE EVENT
The Centre for the Study of Global Human Movement
Digital Art Exhibition
Monday 17 – Sunday 23 June
9am — 5pm

Basement Room B4, Institute of Criminology, Sidgwick Ave, CB3 9DA

A week long digital art exhibition by Assyrian and Yazidi artists showing works about the suffering of their peoples in Iraq and Syria during the recent wars and after the genocide committed ISIS against their peoples in 2014.

We will also showcase some of the many research projects relating to migration, human movement and mobility taking place within the University of Cambridge.

FREE EVENT
The Quakers
Calais Children: A Case to Answer
Film, public meeting, and discussion with the director
Monday 17 June
7.30pm

Jesus Lane Friends Meeting House, 12 Jesus Lane, Cambridge CB5 8BA

This film follows the scandal of what happened to almost 2000 lone children who were in the Calais Jungle as it burned down in 2016, most of whom had a legal right to be in the UK and should have been brought to the UK under the Dubs amendment. The film served as evidence during the subsequent hearing which found the Home Office had acted unlawfully over their management of the Dubs Amendment.

Following the film, there will be a collection in aid of the children of Calais.

Na-Mara in concert
Tuesday 18 June
7.30 — 10pm

St Barnabas Centre, Old School Hall, Mill Road, CB1 2BD

In May 1937 4000 children were evacuated from Bilbao. These ‘niños’ were cared for by volunteers in places across the UK, including Cambridge. Through words and music, Rob Garcia (the son of a niño) and Paul McNamara will tell the story of the ‘Basque children’.

The photograph shows Fausto Garcia (father of Rob) with older brother Teo while refugees in one of the Basque Children Refugee ‘colonies’ circa 1937. It is reproduced here with kind permission of R. Garcia.

Tickets are £8 in advance from https://cambridgefolkclub.co.uk/collections/tickets/products/20190618-tuesday-18th-june-na-mara or £10 on the door

www.na-mara.com

FREE EVENT
Talk by Mary Stretch – Calais Light
Wednesday 19 June
1 — 2pm

LAB107, Lord Ashcroft Building, ARU, East Road, Cambridge CB1 1PT

After a weekend volunteering in Calais, ARU Alumna and former BBC journalist Mary Stretch founded ‘Calais Light’ to organise convoys with a “light touch” that gives people the confidence to go next time on their own. It certainly works; Calais Light Trip 11 leaves next month totally booked.

A light lunch will be provided.

For more information and to book your free place visit https://aru.ac.uk/community-engagement/refugee-week-2019-calais-light-with-mary-stretch

FREE EVENT
Talk by Ghaith Jalabneh – Life in refugee camps
Wednesday 19 June
6pm

LAB107, Lord Ashcroft Building, ARU, East Road, Cambridge CB1 1PT

ARU alumnus Ghaith Aljalabneh has worked with UNICEF in Jordan since 2012. Speaking about UNICEF’s interventions within the Zaatari refugee camp, Ghaith discusses the shift from emergency to development and sustainability programmes, and shares the current challenges, as well as the success stories, from the camps.

For more information and to book your free place visit https://aru.ac.uk/community-engagement/refugee-week-2019-life-in-refugee-camps-with-ghaith-jalabneh

FREE EVENT
Talk by Hamedaa Hassaini — My journey from Afghanistan to the UK
Wednesday 19 June
7pm

LAB107, Lord Ashcroft Building, ARU, East Road, Cambridge CB1 1PT

ARU alumna Hamedaa Hassaini shares the story of her journey from Afghanistan to the UK as a 13-year old refugee; the challenges of culture shock, religious differences and inability to read or speak English; and the changes she has come across throughout her life – from weaving carpets to practicing law. This is not just Hameeda’s story but it is the story of many more refugees like her.

For more information and to book your free place visit https://aru.ac.uk/community-engagement/refugee-week-2019-my-journey-with-hameeda-hussani

FREE EVENT
Talk by Steven Martin – Notes from Lesvos
Thursday 20 June
11am

Helmore Building 110/111, ARU, East Road, Cambridge CB1 1PT

Steven Martin will talk about his recent experiences in refugee camps on Lesvos, and about developing public health services for refugees. It will be followed by a round table discussion on ‘Global and Local campaigning for refugees: social work challenges and solutions?’.

The panel members will be: Gill Ragsdale, Steven Martin, Adriana Sandu, Roxana Anghel, and Susan Klein.

FREE EVENT
Cambridge Welcome and Cambridge City of Sanctuary
Bring and share a dish
Thursday 20 June
7.30 — 9.15pm

Mayfield Primary School, Warwick Rd, CB4 3HN

Let’s share food together and tell stories about our “different pasts, shared future”. Please bring a favourite dish if possible that reminds you of “home” whether near or far.

This is a free event, but booking is essential via Eventbrite at bit.ly/2M5LZ5j

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FREE EVENT
Join us for a Morning tea with a difference
Saturday 22 June
10am — 12pm

Basement Room B4, Institute of Criminology, Sidgwick Ave, CB3 9DA

Join us for morning tea and meet the other Cambridge groups that are involved in Refugee Week and learn about ‘the stories of refugees and those that welcome them’.

The Strummers
Refugee Week concert with the Frida-Violeta Band, Lizzie Hardingham and John Preston
Saturday 22 June
Doors open 7.30pm

CB2 café, 5/7 Norfolk St, Cambridge, CB1 2LD

Join us for the Strummers’ Refugee Week concert with the Frida-Violeta Band, Lizzie Hardingham and John Preston. All proceeds go to Cambridge Convoy Refugee Action Group (CamCRAG).

Tickets are £6 / £5 (concessions)
For more information and to buy tickets email strummers.collective@gmail.com or visit www.strummers.org