Come along to a Peace Vigil to show solidarity with refugees

February 11, 2016 at 4:06 PM

This Saturday I'm holding a peace vigil in Whitchurch to highlight the conflicts which refugees are fleeing from and to show the welcome they will get in Cardiff and Wales.

Everyone is welcome to come along and show their support on Whitchurch Common on Saturday, February 13, from 12-1pm.

Speakers will include Dr Emma Short from Llandaff North – who recently went to offer medical help to refugees in Calais and Dunkirk – and Chloe Marong, of the Trinity Centre in Roath which provides a safe haven for refugees and asylum seekers in Cardiff. Eric Ngalle-charles, a poet and writer from Cameroon, will also speak.

Dr Emma Short will be joined by Norman Gettings and Marc Tilley who all went to help refugees in Calais and Dunkirk recently and they will speak about their experience at the camps. Their first-hand experience will give people a real idea of just what circumstances refugees often have to cope with – rather than how they are sometimes portrayed in the media.

It is very important to show our welcome and support for people seeking sanctuary in the UK because they’re fleeing from conflict. The UK has agreed to take in 20,000 Syrian refugees – which is a drop in the ocean – and some of them are very vulnerable.

Concern over the treatment of refugees in Cardiff

We have many people seeking asylum in Cardiff and recently I’ve been concerned about their treatment such as being stigmatised by having to wear wristbands and the type of accommodation they’re being offered.

So this peace vigil is one way of showing solidarity with people who have forced to flee their homes by conflict. I hope many people turn up to show how welcoming we are here in Wales, as we have a proud tradition of this.