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The Syrian Refugee Crisis

    Celebrate Refugee Rights Day by joining us for an afternoon of films with a focus on Syria; featuring "Not Who We Are" and "Salam Neighbor" followed by a panel discussion. Visit refugee services information tables. Free admission, everyone welcome. Brought to you by Amnesty International and the Vancouver Public Library.

    Not Who We Are – by Carol Mansour (2013)

    Filmed at a time when more than 45 million people are displaced by war and conflict around the world, this documentary sheds light on the plight of refugee women from Syria. Seeking refuge in Lebanon, these women have fled violent civil conflict in their home country. The effects of war have been deeply traumatic, for not only were they forced to leave their homes, loved ones, and social networks behind, they also have to face ongoing discrimination, disempowerment, and violence.

    On September 2, 2015, the body of Alan Kurdi, a young Syrian boy, washed up on a Turkish beach. His body was photographed and the photo circulated worldwide.   In the coming weeks, a media blitz on the refugee crisis took the world by storm. Everyone was talking about the Syrian refugee crisis - what could be done, how individuals and governments could help, how the world could have turned a blind eye for so long.   But in the wake of all that coverage, what has changed? Did the media make a difference? Have we finally begun to give the biggest refugee situation since World War II the attention it deserves?   PeaceGeeks, Amnesty International and Hootsuite present PeaceTalks #29: Refugee Crisis and Media Hype, a discussion of the refugee crisis and what can be done to affect real change.   Speakers include:   - Caroline Dailly, Manager at Immigrant Services Society of BC - Zool Suleman, Immigration Lawyer & Policy Consultant
    by Alex Neve, Secretary General of Amnesty International Canada Follow Alex on Twitter @AlexNeveAmnesty



    Canada’s commitment to resettling refugees has been modest and processing rates painfully slow. Remind the Prime Minister and all party leaders that Canadians welcome refugees.


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