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Cardiff recognised with 'City of Sanctuary' title

Wales Millennium Centre will play host to a day of events celebrating the city's new status Credit: PA

Cardiff has been recognised as a 'City of Sanctuary' for those seeking refuge from war and persecution. The announcement comes after a report by the UN shows there were more than 50 million refugees displaced throughout the world in 2013. That is up 6 million on the previous year.

The capital is now celebrating its newly-acclaimed status with an event displaying dances, singing and poetry from communities from around the world. The Wales Millennium Centre will play host to a range of cultures from West Africa to Afghanistan.

The event will round up Refugee Week Wales which is part of promoting a better understanding as to why people seek sanctuary in Wales.

A 'City of Sanctuary' is awarded when a city is recognised as a place where people’s culture, skills and differences are accepted as a positive complement to the receiving city’s cultures.

Welsh MP sees plight of Syrian refugees first hand

Wrexham MP and Shadow Middle East Minister Ian Lucas has just returned from Lebanon where he's witnessed first hand the plight of people fleeing the civil war in Syria. He'll be speaking about his experiences in this week's Sharp End.

You can hear more about the situation in Lebanon and what Ian Lucas experienced at 1035pm on ITV Cymru Wales. Below are some of the photos he took during his visit.

Snow at Syrian refugee camp, Lebanon Credit: Ian Lucas MP

The MPs were surprised to see snow around the camps. Wintry weather is adding to the difficulties faced by people fleeing the fighting in Syria.

Makeshift conditions at one camp, Lebanon Credit: Ian Lucas MP

The refugee camps aren't official and lack basic amenities.

Syrian children, Lebanon Credit: Ian Lucas MP
A Syrian family in a refugee camp, Lebanon Credit: Ian Lucas MP


Tonfanau remembers Ugandan Asians

Last night Wales This Week told the extraordinary story of the North Wales community that helped hundreds of Asian refugees who were thrown out of Uganda by the dictator Idi Amin in the 1970s.

30,000 refugees came from Uganda to seek safety in Britain.

Many ended up at a camp that was created for them at an empty military base at Tonfanau near Aberdovey.

Once there, they were helped by a small army of Welsh volunteers.

Margretta Young-Jones helped the refugees and was featured in 'Adopting the Dragon.'