“Our responses to refugees must be grounded in our shared values of responsibility sharing, non-discrimination, human rights and in international refugee Law” Ban Ki-Moon.
The key points of the talk include: displaced persons terminology, The Historic Perspective Europe & The Middle East, The Current Situation and Who are these people? “The average refugee is out of their own country for 17 years” – David Miliband?
About the speaker: As a child in the 1960s, Mary Burkhart lived in Cairo, Jerusalem and Damascus attending local primary schools in Arabic and French. Her interest in the Middle East and refugee issues stems from her childhood experiences, the Arab Society in UCD in the 1970s, work in Rwandan Refugee Camps in Tanzania in 1995 and collaborating with groups working on migrants and refugee issues in Tangiers 2010-2016. Mary has recently returned from working with women in Morocco for six years, including a four month stint at the IBVM NGO to the UN Office in New York City. Mary is involved with the Irish Refugee Council, the Déise Refugee Response Group in Dungarvan and, more recently in Wexford, with Doras Luimní – supporting refugee integration in Ireland.
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