By a Staff Reporter
Across Canada, communities will Walk with Refugees to put the voices of refugees and refugee claimants up front and change the conversation. In Halifax, for the fifth consecutive year, residents will do likewise on 16 June and join the national campaign.
Groups of supporters will gather at Garrison Grounds at 2:00 pm at the grassy space between the parking lots and from there, will walk up Sackville Street, around the Public Gardens and down to the Halifax Central Library according to a posting by ISANS (Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia). A reception will be held at the Halifax Central Library from 3:00-4:00 p.m. with music and refreshments. The event is open to the public.
A refugee is someone who has been forced to flee his or her country because of persecution, war, or violence and has a well-founded fear of persecution for reasons of race, religion, nationality, political opinion or membership in a particular social group.
As of December 2015, there were 65.3 million displaced people, according to a report from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).