Refugee week hailed a success in Redditch - The Redditch Standard

Refugee week hailed a success in Redditch

Lise Evans 6th Jul, 2024 Updated: 8th Jul, 2024   0

A SUCCESSFUL cultural event has been described as the perfect way to end Refugee Week.

Around 75 people enjoyed food, dance and friendship at the ‘Taste of Home’ event at Redditch Library on June 29 organised by Bromsgrove and Redditch Welcome Refugees (BRWR).

Food from Ukraine, Syria and Afghanistan including borscht was brought by refugees and enjoyed with volunteers and members of the public.

There were also dance performances from a dance troupe Mriya set up by Redditch Ukrainian refugee Yana Tishyna, one of many who had benefited from the support of BRWR.

She explained folk music was extremely popular in Ukraine, her motivation for establishing the group which translates as ‘dream’.

“We like and love and don’t want to forget our culture so we just share our culture to show how it’s beautiful, rich and tasty,” she said.

She also said it was a perfect example of how refugees could integrate into British communities.

“I think all people must live together in peace and be polite to each other.

“It’s really important especially in our time – so many wars, so many dangers – so we need to help each other and share our cultures and share our kindness.”

Sue Yeng, from BRWR, said: “It was beyond my expectations, I’m so pleased that everybody came out and supported us.

“We feel united as a community with the refugees who are living in Bromsgrove and Redditch.

“It was a good way to celebrate Refugee Week – the perfect ending – and to spread the word that this is life for refugees, and we need to help them.”


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