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Refugee information event planned for Carlisle

Orphaned children in Calais Credit: PA

An event aimed at teaching people about the current refugee crisis is being held in Carlisle on Wednesday 19th October.

Local people, students and businesses will find out about the issues faced by refugees during the information evening taking place at the University of Cumbria's Fusehill Street Campus.

It follows news that Cumbria County Council is applying to host a group of Syrian refugees over the next few months.

The former refugee camp in Calais, which was home to more than 10,000 people at one stage, is set to be demolished shortly.

“Since 2014 the UK has resettled less than 2,000 Syrian refugees - a pitifully small proportion compared to the 4.8 million Syrians in Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan.

"Meanwhile Calais Camp contains 1,179 minors including 387 refugee children who have been identified as eligible for protection in the UK, but not one child has been transferred to the UK this year."

– Hazel Royle, Chair, Amnesty Carlisle Group


Walk For Freedom march in Windermere

The Walk For Freedom route Credit: Walk to Freedom

Around 100 people dressed in black are expected to take part in a Walk For Freedom event in Windermere.

Organisers of the event aim to raise awareness of human slavery and injustice.

The walk is taking place in single file from Lakes School in Windermere to Bowness Pier.

Local businesses have provided packed lunches for the participants and free cruise vouchers for their return trip.


Dumfries woman caught up in Munich mass shooting

20 year old Amy Landsburgh was in Munich during the shooting Credit: ITV Border

A woman from Dumfries has told ITV Border how she and her boyfriend were locked in a sports store for over an hour during the shootings in Munich last night.

Twenty-year-old Amy Landsburgh was on holiday with her boyfriend in the German city when a gunman opened fire killing nine people.

She was shopping just 10 minutes away from where the attack happened.

Pledges to tackle hatred at Srebrenica memorial

Pledges to tackle hatred are being written at a Srebrenica memorial in Carlisle.

AWAZ Cumbria is holding a memorial exhibition 'Remembering Srebrenica - United Against Hatred' at Greystone Community Centre in Carlisle.

People are being invited to make their own Srebrenica Memorial Flower and write a pledge to tackle hatred.

More than 8000 Bosnian Muslims men and boys were massacred in 1995 by Bosnian Serb forces at Srebrenica.

The memorial event looks at ways to tackle racism, hatred, and intolerance. Credit: ITV Border
People are invited to make a memorial flower and write a pledge to tackle hatred. Credit: ITV Border
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