JUNE IS WORLD REFUGEE MONTH; Our guest – Meron Semedar is an advocate of human rights, refugees and immigrants (and a refugee himself). He will address the current situation of refugees, discuss how and why this unique and special flag was created, and explain how we all can help.
And in June, there is a day dedicated to refugees – to raise awareness to their needs and plight, realizing the horrors they have endured in leaving their homeland to find a safe place to live. It’s a time to try to work together to ensure every refugee child gets an education, every family has a safe place to call home and every refugee can work or learn new skills to make a positive contribution to their community.
The idea for the flag began by a group known as the The Refugee Nation, after the first ever Olympic team made up of refugees competed in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio. While the flag has not yet been sanctioned by the International Olympic Committee, The Refugee Nation wants to give those from foreign nations a symbol of unity and identity that they can call their own.
TELL US YOUR STORY AND WHY YOU GOT INVOLVED IN THE CAUSE OF REFUGEES?
WHAT’S BEING DONE TO ADDRESS THE REFUGEE CRISIS?
TELL US ABOUT THE REFUGEE FLAG AND WHAT IT SYMBOLIZES?
WHAT CAN PEOPLE DO TO HELP?
WHERE CAN WE LEARN MORE?
Meron Semedar was born and grew up in Eritrea. Due to the closure of the only University and hopeless country situations, he was forced to leave Eritrea with many other students crossing the border to neighboring Sudan. He stayed in Sudan for several months and moved to South Africa in search of better education. Meron is a Civil Engineer by profession and has studied at several South African Universities.
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