Refugee crisis event - today 5.30pm

Issued: Tue, 21 Jun 2016 09:57:00 BST

The plight of refugees will be the focus of an evening being held at the University of Glasgow (June 21) to mark the 30th anniversary of the Scottish Refugee Council.

Syrian Refugee UNHCR'Discussions on Displacement' at the James Arnott Theatre will focus on the plight of refugees fleeing war-torn countries and persecution around the world.

The free evening will include play readings, a live audience Q&A and discussions on displacement. 

Effie Samara, a PhD candidate and playwright based at the University of Glasgow, is curating the event.

She said: "This year's Festival celebrates the Council's commitment to those who have fled terrible violence, persecution and human rights abuses and there are millions of them.

"Once more Scotland is ready and willing to offer sanctuary and assistance to children, women and men who arrive here after long and dangerous journeys. And I think that is something to be proud of.

"The Scottish Refugee Council conducts a fantastic independent advocacy which is at the heart of all their services for refugees and people in the asylum process. They tirelessly work with refugees wishing to set up their own representative organisations and alongside development workers and other partners such as the Scottish Refugee Policy Forum and Refugee Women's Strategy Group."

The event forms part of the Refugee Festival Scotland, taking place in Glasgow between 19-27 June.

'Discussions on Displacement' at the University of Glasgow is free and starts at 5.30pm. Please book tickets through Eventbrite.

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