MESSAGES OF RESPECT AND APPRECIATION TO CYPRIOTS –

Press Release

REFUGEES ARTISTS “AWARE” FOR WORLD REFUGEE DAY

MESSAGES OF RESPECT AND APPRECIATION TO CYPRIOTS

With messages of solidarity to all refugees around the world, need to raise the fight against racism, but also with the respect of the host society of Cyprus, refugee artists presented their program on the occasion of World Refugee Day 2020 as part of the “AWARE” campaign.

The event took place on Thursday, June 18, in Nicosia, in the form of a live Streaming Cultural Event, due to the restrictive measures of the pandemic.

The event was welcomed by the Public Information Officer of UNHCR in Cyprus Emilia Strovolidou, stressing the great need to strengthen solidarity with refugees and asylum seekers, especially during the period of pandemic where their problems are exacerbated. She also said that many recognized refugees living in Cyprus and around the globe are at the forefront of dealing with the pandemic as they work in roles in key areas such as nurses, caregivers, teachers.

The cultural program included music, dance, songs, and poetry, such as modern rap music, traditional songs from Palestine and other refugee countries, dances and more. Some artists also sang Greek pop songs or their own adaptations in the Greek language.

Participants sent messages against racism, referred to racial discrimination that is taking place in the United States these days, talked about persecution in their countries of origin, and invited Cypriots to continue showing mutual respect and solidarity with refugees and migrants. They all spoke with words of appreciation and respect for Cypriot people, expressed their gratitude for the help offered to them and invited Cypriot citizens to get know them and not to exclude them from social life.

Participants were Jumana Al Shami, a Palestinian singer, Da Vini singer from Cameroon, Michael Nwandoh, Cameroonian poet, Saanu Douaya from Guinea, Ibrahim Kamara, Gambian musician, Tiasso Nicholas Weadeck, singer and dancer, Cameroon, and Irfan Manzoor Khakhar from Pakistan.

The event was presented by Rema Beshtawy, Palestinian from Syria

The “Aware” campaign is co-funded by the Asylum, Immigration and Integration Fund and the Republic of Cyprus.

Photos are attached

For more information: AWARE 22875561 team | 99024901 |[email protected]