Kicking-Off Refugee and Asylum Seekers’ Awareness Week!

Welcome to the LSESU Amnesty International blog for the 2015-2016 campaign year! We’ll be updating the blog regularly with news about upcoming events, coverage, discussion and analysis of human rights issues that are close to our hearts. We’ll have information about upcoming campaigns as well as photos, videos and Q&As with human rights champions in the LSE community. And we want to hear your feedback about any ideas or topics you’d like to read about in the future.

This week marks the start of our first campaign, Refugee and Asylum Seekers’ Awareness Week. Come chat with us at our amnesty booth on campus, Monday to Friday between 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

What’s on this week:

Monday November 9: Panel discussion on the refugee crisis and the media

6:15 p.m. in 32 Lincoln’s Inn Room G.03, LSE campus

Speakers include:

Lilie Chouliaraki, Professor of Media & Communications at LSE
Judith Vonberg, a freelance journalist who has written extensively on migrant issues
Don Flynn, Director of Migrants’ Rights Network
Julio Alejandro, US & UK Foreign Affairs Correspondent for Excelsior TV, currently covering the           European/MENA refugee crisis

Wednesday November 11: Citizens UK Workshop

4 p.m. – 6 p.m., TW2 3.02, LSE campus

Citizens UK, the community organising charity, will offer campaigning training on how to make your voice heard locally and engage with your local council to ensure that it signs up to the Government’s refugee resettlement scheme. This is an incredible opportunity to acquire key campaigning skills and find out how you can best make a difference on this very pressing issue. To find out more and to RSVP please email d.l.giachero@lse.ac.uk.

Thursday November 12: Official screening of God Grew Tired of Us

6 p.m.  PAR 102, LSE campus

An award-winning, critically acclaimed documentary, narrated by Nicole Kidman, God Grew Tired of Us explores the indomitable spirit of three “Lost Boys” from the Sudan who are forced to leave their homeland due to a tumultuous civil war.

All week: English Children’s Book Drive for Syrian refugees in Lebanon

LSESU Student Action for Refugees is collecting books, especially children’s books, to help stock the Jeb Janine Refugee Education Centre which was set up by the Jusoor charity. Over the past 18 months, the Jusoor charity has opened three informal education centers – one in Beirut and two in the Bekaa Valley. At these centers children are taught basic Arabic literacy as well as English, Math, Science, Art, Sports and Peace Education. Their goal is to prepare these children to successfully enroll in the Lebanese public school system, once places open up for them. The Jeb Janine school is the charity’s largest center and has 750 students and 26 teachers

Drop off books at the Saw Swee Hock Student Centre next to the LSESU Amnesty stall.

If classes get in the way and you can’t make it to one of these events, check the blog to read about what you missed!

Credit: Nikolay Doychinova/ AFP
Credit: Nikolay Doychinova/ AFP

Katie DeRosa, Staff Writer

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