On Monday 20th June, Bienvenu Shelter continue celebrating World Refugee Day by welcoming the visit of the Minister of Home Affairs, Honourable Malusi Gigaba and his Deputy Minister Honourable Fatima Chohan, Regional Representative of UNHCR , Ms. Sharon Cooper along with Home Affairs Deputy Director General, Immigration services Mr. Jackie Mckay and many official representatives from Home Affairs.
On Sunday 19th June in collaboration with Pastoral Care (Archdiocese of Johannesburg), Jesuit Refugee Service and Justice and Peace, Bienvenu Shelter celebrated World Refugee day, inspired by the theme “Migrants and Refugees Challenge Us. The Response of the Gospel of Mercy”. The event took place at St. Patricks Catholic Church La Rochelle.
Challenges of being a refugee in South Africa
According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), “a refugee is someone who has been forced to flee his or her country because of persecution, war, or violence. A refugee has a well-founded fear of persecution for reasons of race, religion, nationality, political opinion or membership in a particular social group. Most likely, they cannot return home or are afraid to do so. War and ethnic, tribal and religious violence are leading causes of refugees fleeing their countries”.
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