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"Lights In The Distance"

Our final entry in the BRASS Refugee Week 2019 Book List (Book 6) is "Lights In The Distance: Exile and Refuge at the Borders of Europe" by Daniel Trilling. In "Lights in the Distance", acclaimed journalist Daniel Trilling draws on years of reporting to build a portrait of the refugee crisis, seen through the eyes of the people who experienced it first-hand. "This powerful study looks behind the statistics and political slogans to reveal the human face of the refugee crisis". - The Guardian

"We Are Displaced"

In "We Are Displaced: My Journey and Stories from Refugee Girls Around the World" (Book 5 in our suggested reading list), Malala Yousafzai presents true stories of the refugee experience interwoven with her own story of her displacement. It is an incredibly moving follow up to her internationally bestselling memoir.

World Humanitarian Day

On World Humanitarian Day, we recall 7 Simple Acts from Refugee Week 2019 refugeeweek.org.uk/simple-acts/

"A Rope From The Sky"

"A hugely important contribution to the debate about one of Africa’s longest-running tragedies." That's how Lord (Chris) Patten of Barnes CH PC, Chancellor of the University of Oxford, describes Book 4 in our suggested reading list inspired by this year's Refugee Week event. "A Rope from the Sky: The Making and Unmaking of the World's Newest State" by Zach Vertin is "a brilliant, authoritative, and colourful insight into the hope and despair that is the world’s youngest country. Unique in modern history, this untold story of South Sudan’s birth carries lessons not just for Africa but for the rest of the world." (Jon Snow).

Taking a Break .....

Enjoying a picnic in the sun, some of BRASS's Women's Group in Bedford Park this week ....

BRASS Welcomes the High Sheriff!

The High Sheriff of Bedfordshire, Meryl Dolling, visting BRASS yesterday - Meryl has an interest in adult education and social cohesion and was interested to hear about all our projects, particularly our talks and Refugee Week.

"The Boy on the Beach"

"The indelible photo of little Alan Kurdi's body lying face down on sand tore my heart open. I was gutted all over again reading this book. No statistic or news story will evoke the true horrors of the Syrian war ... as this moving and searing saga of the Kurdi family. The leader of every nation that has a stake in the Syrian war should read Tima Kurdi's book."--Khaled Hosseini, bestselling author of The Kite Runner. Book 3 - "The Boy on the Beach: My Family's Escape from Syria and Our Hope for a New Home" by Tima Kurdi

A Day at the Seaside

This year, for the first time, we took 2 coaches to our trip to Hunstanton on 1st August. 110 people came and even then, a reserve list was needed! It was a good journey, only 2 hours, much shorter this time than in the past due to road improvements. Although there was light rain when we arrived, it soon passed away, leaving us all to enjoy a bright sunny day. Many of our clients went for a paddle in the sea. We had a picnic for those that wanted it around the bandstand (pictured here) and many children enjoyed the fairground rides. Everyone reassembled for the journey home, happy and contented, after our trip to the seaside. This was our busiest ever coach trip and we hope to have 2 coac

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