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Refugee Week launched in Norwich tonight

18:59 16 June 2014

Pa musa, event co-ordinator, David Jessup, senior service manager for the Red Cross and musician Sefo kanuteh at the launch of Norwich Refugee Week. Photo by Simon Finlay.

Pa musa, event co-ordinator, David Jessup, senior service manager for the Red Cross and musician Sefo kanuteh at the launch of Norwich Refugee Week. Photo by Simon Finlay.

Refugees have played a key role in the history of Norwich and a week celebrating their contributions to society kicked off at City Hall tonight.

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Refugee Week is a UK-wide programme of events, which runs until June 23.

Shenaz Kedar, regional coordinator for Refugee Week in the East, said highlights in Norwich included a talk with former refugee Joe Stirling, from 6pm tomorrow at the Norfolk and Norwich Millennium Library.

Mr Stirling rebuilt his life in Norwich having fled Nazi persecution and became the city’s sheriff.

Other events include performance workshops, film screenings, community cuisines and, on Sunday, June 22, Frank Meeres, from the Norfolk Record Office, will be hosting a walk through the centre of Norwich, looking at the lasting impact made by refugees over hundreds of years.

An exhibition of portraits of older refugees from the East will be on display at the Forum, from June 23 to July 6.

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3 comments

  • Can appreciate the benefits that refugees such as The Strangers brought to Norwich in the 16th and 17th centuries and the Jewish people who brought many trades to the city in the past but not aware of any benefits that recent refugees have brought us

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    blister

    Tuesday, June 17, 2014

  • The sight of two black people in the EDP gets the traditional Norfolk response.

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    LARSON.E. WHIPSNADE

    Tuesday, June 17, 2014

  • Ridiculous.

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    Steely Dan

    Monday, June 16, 2014

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