TO BEGIN this year’s Refugee Week (June 18 -24), Edmund Rice England, together with Asylum Link, Merseyside, are launching a book of recipes gathered from refugees living in the north-west of England to share their “Tastes of Home”.
Designed to inform about the situation many people find themselves in as refugees in the UK, the book contains their stories, as well as recipes. The event will be hosted by Community Soul cafe in Wallasey, where the book will be launched on Monday, June 18, at 6pm.
It will be a community event with recipe tasting, music from the Asylum Link choir and an informative talk on seeking asylum in the UK.
With 65.5m people forcibly displaced from their homes, according to official sources, we are all having to face up to the biggest refugee crisis since WWII.
With support from Caritas, Refugee Week, the UNHCR and Liverpool actor David Morrissey, the team have been overwhelmed by the support shown for the project.
Asylum Link, Merseyside, is a longrunning charity which supports those who arrive in the area with ESOL lessons, support with asylum claims and generally gives them a place of sanctuary and friendship.
The event at Community Soul promises to be a fun, multi-cultural and bustling event with promised support from the mayor and councillors.
Actor and UN Refugee Ambassador, David Morrissey, says of the project: “Although the refugee crisis seems to have disappeared from our front pages and TV screens, it is still the greatest challenge facing us as a generation and getting larger every day.
“I have met many refugees as they have made the treacherous journey to Europe, fleeing the unimaginable horrors that unfolded in their homeland.
“Their stories are heartbreaking, but their resolve and humanity is nothing short of astounding.
“As a father myself, seeing parents carrying their children as they disembark from flimsy dinghies, having made the hazardous journey across the Mediterranean, brought tears to my eyes, and it’s so important that we all do everything we can to help these people in their time of need. …