The Refugee Support Express – 18 January 2018

18/01/18

Welcome to the Refugee Support Express

This week: 

Breaking in Bangladesh

Our Bangladesh team, joined once more by John Sloan, continue to work hard to aid the Rohingya refugees with dignity, decency and co-operation with the support of Carry the Future. Tumbru camp will soon be moved out of no-man’s land, which is great news. This will allow us to on focus long-term projects that will have an impact on the quality of life of vulnerable groups; particularly young refugees. Here are the four major projects that we will be focusing on next:

  1. The team have begun to identify children with injuries caused by the war in surrounding areas – many who are unable to move out of their shelters. Our volunteers will be visiting these brave young survivors to distribute toys and colouring books; with the hopes that these small gifts will give them something to take their minds off their injuries, even if only for a moment.
  2. In partnership with another agency, we will regularly distribute fresh fruit to the 200 orphans in the care of the agency.
  3. With the help of our donors and sponsors, we will begin to provide stationary and other basic learning aids to a girls’ school at Tumbru camp, to encourage growth, education and recovery.
  4. To support the local Bangladesh community as well as Tumbru camp, we have identified a local school with over 600 pupils who we will strive to form a partnership with.

Long-term projects such as these would not be possible without the support of our friends, volunteers and donors. Please stand with us in solidarity with refugees by donating today.

All funding goes to refugees; and our transparent policy allows you to see where your money is going. For example, the winter clothing from a local manufacturer to all kids under 13 at Tumbru camp!

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 Standing with Refugees Podcast

They’re humans; and we ought to treat all humans as humans, humanely.

For this week’s podcast, we welcomed Stephen Silverwood, CEO of Brighton-based organisation Refugee Radio, to the mic.

Stephen has worked tirelessly with refugees for the last decade; and despite becoming acclimated to criticism from a tough crowd, has seen a positive shift in the UK’s attitude towards refugees. However, whilst the perception and reception of refugees has improved, Stephen illustrates that there is still some education to be had, and some stereotypes to be challenged.

In this podcast, Paul and Stephen discuss the risks and anxieties of offering critical mental health support to those who have suffered extreme trauma; touching on Refugee Radio’s refreshing and optimistic approach towards mental health and recovery.

This is a podcast that will appeal to volunteer, CEO, and activist alike.

Subscribe today to our weekly podcasts so that you never miss one.

iRefugee: Should I Stay or Should I Go?

If you’re in Brighton this Saturday 20 January, you won’t want to miss this free panel discussion; designed to raise awareness for the plight of the refugee, and answer your questions.

Organised by Refugee Radio, this Q&A session invites you to share your questions with a diverse panel of speakers. With one shared debate in mind – should I stay or should I go? – this promises to be a lively and interactive event that will leave attendees with much to think about.

The lineup includes:

Chair: Jacob Berkson (Thousand 4 1000)
Rossel Ahmed (Sussex Syrian Community)
Medyan Dairieh (Vice News)
Ivo Kuka (Southern Cameroons National Council)
Alex Mkuva Ntung (Education 4 Diversity)
Andrew Wealls (Conservative Party)

If you’re interested in attending, book your free ticket here and make your way to the Old Courtroom (opposite the Brighton Dome) at 4pm this Saturday.

Have you got questions about Brexit, Calais, Syria, healthcare for migrants or LGBTQ rights that you’d like answered? Send your queries to info@refugeeradio.org.uk, and have YOUR question discussed by members of the panel.

We hope to stand with many of you there.

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Thank you for reading, and we’ll see you next time.

Please contact us today at info@refugeesupporteu.com if you are interested in volunteering, making a donation, or just want to get in touch.

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