World Refugee Day

Jun 20, 2010 by

Genocide: The deliberate and systematic destruction of a racial, political, or cultural group.

Ethnic Cleansing: The elimination of an unwanted group from a society, as by genocide or forced migration.

It’s World Refugee Day, and the last day of Refugee Week.  Refugee Action [my town] has been putting on various exhibitions and events, and I suppose I just want to raise little awareness as well, because some of what I’ve seen this week has been very moving. There was a free showing of Distrct 9 (not ideal to watch with your Nigerian boyfriend), which was followed by a drinks reception in support of Football Unites, Racism Divides and a documentary about the impact the World Cup could have, and earlier today I watched a series of films about Gaza. The one below was the winner of Ctrl Alt Shift, aimed at bringing important issues to young people; it imagines London with the same blockades in place as in the Gaza strip. It’s not all bad news, though, as Isreal lifted (partially) the blockade on Gaza earlier this week, but it is particularly timely considering what’s been going on in Kyrgyz lately. With the World Cup that’s barely even made the news in this country.



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