Refugees Rights Campaign in Cardiff

Refugees were supported by Young Socialists Cardiff at the Refugees Rights Campaign organised this weekend at Cathays Youth Community Centre. People came together to create awareness about the demands of the refugees and show their solidarity to them.

According to Mr. Menakamoorthy Sathiamoorthy, “Refugees living in Britain are one of the most oppressed sections of the society”. Their living standards have gone down since the past few years. These people have been fighting for their basic rights which include primary education, access to mental health facilities, safe housing among others. However, out of all these demands, their central focus remains on ‘Right to Work’.  Recent reports discovered that refugees were exploited in their desperate need for money and were paid about just a pound per hour, something that they refer to as their worst nightmare.

To support the Refugees Rights Campaign, Young Socialists Cardiff organised a fund-raising event on Saturday. Cardiff’s emerging musical bands like Private World, CVC, and Sock, including others, performed for free to contribute to this cause. Many artists donated their artwork that was later put up in an art auction. Both these activities managed to attract a larger audience which helped the event organizers to raise over £500.

Photo Credits: Backbone Campaign CC

This event was not just about raising money but rather creating awareness among people about the struggles of these refugees. The youth adds energy and rhythm to their campaign. Social media is one of the major platforms for them to propagate their ideas which calls upon their collective responsibility and moral conscience towards establishing a peaceful and a humane world.

Among other initiatives there is an anti-racism demonstration in March and a public meeting in April. Particularly in Cardiff, there would be a housing campaign which would address the crisis of youth homelessness and refugees living conditions. While both the Welsh government and private charities such as Oasis have raised concerns and undertaken activities to support the refugees, it still continues to be one of the biggest problems in the city.

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