Show refugees that they are wel­come and val­ued here

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Your - HarmEsH lakHan­Paul led­bury road, Peter­bor­ough

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/

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