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Football Fun at the Conclusion of Refugee Week

To conclude Refugee Week, BRASS are holding a 5-a-side Football Tournament in Russell Park (town end) on Sunday 23rd June. Teams will start to gather at 10:30am for an 11 o'clock kick off. Prize presentation by Mayor Dave Hodgson will be at approx. 4pm. There'll also be some activities for children. The weather forecast is looking good, so come along and enjoy some football action - it's fun and it's free!

Setting out our stall for Refugee Week

Thank you to everyone who came to the Market Stall to chat and find out more about Refugee Week. There was a lot of interest in the Refugee Week programme of events and in the work of BRASS and our friends at The Higgins and Bedford Climate Change Forum.

Refugee Week in Bedford 2019

Events kick off tomorrow with a Market Stall in Harpur Square, Bedford 10am until 5pm. Come along and say hello, browse bric-a-brac and enjoy a lace-making display! Refugee information and leaflets will be available.

America in Afghanistan

A review by Brian Cunningham America in Afghanistan: Foreign Policy and Decision Making from Bush to Obama to Trump by Sharifullah Dorani (Bloomsbury – I.B. Tauris Publishers, 2019, ISBN: 9781784539986, 328 pp., $90.12, hb.) The book makes an effort to answer some critical questions, which are worth quoting in their entirety: ‘(1) What were US motives in Afghanistan? (2) If they were to establish a secure and peaceful Afghanistan, why did it fail? (3) If ineffective governance was to blame for the failure, as most US politicians told the Afghans, why did the US support policies that visibly bolstered bad governance and pushed Afghanistan towards instability? (4) If the Pakistani Army’s suppo

The Truth About Asylum in the UK

There's no doubt about it, there are a lot of myths surrounding asylum in the UK. We've put together a leaflet which busts some of those myths - we've posted it here and invite you to take a look. The leaflet also lists some of the events and activities taking place in Bedford for Refugee Week 2019 (17th - 23rd June). Come along and celebrate with us the contribution refugees bring to the UK!

"The Girl Who Smiled Beads"

The theme of Refugee Week 2019, ‘You, me and those who came before’, is an invitation to explore the lives of refugees. With that in mind,we have put together a book list of six inspirational titles. Here's details of the first book on the list - keep watching our page for the other titles. Book 1 - "The Girl Who Smiled Beads" by Clemantine Wamariya, Elizabeth Weill "Sharp, moving memoir . . . Wamariya tells her own story with feeling, in vivid prose. She has remade herself, as she explains was necessary to do, on her own terms" (New York Times) "Her introspection, honesty and humanity in sharing her story and exploring these questions are thoughtful and moving to read" (Culture Fly) "A rive

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