Show refugees that they are welcome and valued here
Refugee Week 2010 takes place from June 14 to June 20 this year. up and down the country hundreds of arts, cultural and educational events will be taking place to encourage better understanding between communities.
A number of events, such as a community barbecue, film screening, refugee community art event and the football tournament, are planned to take place in Peterborough. I Look forward to attending some of the planned events seeing people from different communities coming together to celebrate the contribution refugees living in our community have made.
Peterborough, like the rest of united Kingdom, has a proud record of sheltering people who are fleeing persecution and war. In those circumstances when people have to flee their country of origin, organisations and individuals in Peterborough have welcomed them, helped them settle and integrate. This week gives us the opportunity to get together and celebrate the work which is done throughout the year.
It is important to raise awareness of refugee issues, because it is the public perceptions which are probably the hardest thing for refugees to overcome.
The Refugee Week provides us an opportunity to show local refugees that they are welcome and valued here. Let us, by joining in the celebrations, pledge to strive for a society where people get along and want to understand other people’s cultures, Let us value each other by showing interest in the range of perceptions people have about the world rather than condemning people for having a different point of view.
A list of events in Peterborough can be seen at http://pbrwproject.wordpress. com/