Bread and dialogue for the Refugee Day

Submitted by admin on Thu, 06/20/2019 - 20:25

On the 20th of June we have marked the International Refugee Day with the next new activity within our series of events “We are all kneaded by the same dough” in collaboration with Bread Houses Network. Aside from the opportunity to prepare something tasty with their own bare hands and to experience intercultural exchange, the children form various countries enjoyed a simple surprising gift as well – a soccer ball per each, in order to promote healthy and active living. Minding the occasion, this time we focused on refugee families strictly: mothers and children. Among the participating kids, 15 at least, between the age of 2 and 12, come from states such as Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Iran, Ghana.

The Council of Refugee Women in Bulgaria team was more than happy to share with the representatives of different national media our concept for the implementation of these sustainable social workshops. Book Publishing Students from the Faculty of Journalism and Mass Communication of Sofia University have been our guests as well, as authors of the newest book about refugees and asylum seekers – “Beyond borders”. Together, we shared opinions on the integration with bread and integration with literature before the cameras of BNT1.

The whole bread baking process and the facilitation magic of Milena from Bread Houses Network were captured by NOVA TV, too. Linda Awanis explained for their viewers why do we say we mark the International Refugee Day, instead of “celebrate”.

Thеse day have been marked for the first time in 2001 in accordance with a decision of UN from December 4th 2000. June 201th is the 50th anniversary from the Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees, that entered into force in 1951.

The international community marks it every year with different types of events in 100 countries, including Central Europe, with the participation of government officials, NGO and humanitarian workers, celebrities, and of course, the refugees and asylum seekers.