Democracy's Forgotten Faces
Sun, 13 January 2019 | Kafnu, Hong Kong
About the event
Often dubbed a ‘nuisance’, over 68.5 million people globally remain displaced, including 25.4 million refugees and 3.1 million asylum seekers — the highest the world has ever seen. With less than 0.4% of refugees resettled, most refugees have spent much of their lives temporarily settled in foreign lands — without the ability to participate in their new homes as ordinary citizens. Often, living in impoverished conditions, most refugees have come to be seen as obsolete and perishable with no representation and often very little protection. While their futures hang in the imbalance of uncertainty, what is clear is that temporary quasi-humanitarian fixes are not enough. If the world is to make tangible progress on refugee rights, refugees themselves must be seen as equal citizens and given equal opportunities to participate in society, with or without citizenship.
Through an open conversation led by current and former refugees, this event will ask and answer the question: how can democracies welcome refugees?
Harmony: a refugee from the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Harmony has been living in Hong Kong for 8 years, and currently studies psychology while working as a model.
John Outsider: an asylum seeker from the Middle East. John fled his home country in 2011 following threats from both the government and fellow citizens.
Askia M Sillah: an asylum seeker from West Africa. Askia fled his home for fear of political and religious persecution in 2013, due to his work as a journalist.
*In the interest of their safety and protection, we’ve not used their real names.
This event is free and open to the public with limited seats available. This event will be in English with translation facilities available in Cantonese.
Light refreshments will be served.
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