At 7pm on Friday 16th October, Exeter University’s Amnesty International Society, alongside the Oxfam, Unicef, British Red Cross and STAR (Student Action for Refugees) societies, will march from the Forum on campus into Exeter city centre in a gesture of support for and solidarity with the world’s refugees.
The vigil will raise awareness in the area and in the university about the plight of refugees. There are nearly 20 million refugees worldwide (UN Refugee Agency). These people have suffered unimaginably in their home countries, as victims of war, violence and persecution. Yet these are only the start of their troubles, as they become dispossessed peoples, homeless and in danger. The candlelit vigil will help to raise awareness of this issue and show refugees that they are not alone. We also hope to raise money for refugees at the event, so please do come along if you want to show your support.
If you would like to learn more about the situation for refugees at this time, the following article is very interesting: http://www.unhcr.org/55e9459f6.html
We hope to see many of you there!