Refugees in Dublin give a helping hand to famine refugees at home

Posted On: September 22, 2011

 

The East African community in Dublin, supported by the Irish Refugee Council, will give a helping hand to their country men and women affected by the famine in Somalia at a fundraising extravaganza on Friday, 2nd September.

The fundraiser will bring together people of all ages and nationalities for a night of traditional Somali music, fashion and food.   The tickets are available at the door and cost €10.  The proceeds will go to UNICEF to help children affected by the famine in Somalia, Kenya and Ethiopia. 

An auction will help to raise further funds and bidders will fight it out for some very special items, including a signed Ireland soccer jersey and portraits of the young African singer Brihanna signed by supporters from the worlds of fashion and human rights, including presidential candidate and human rights champion, Michael D. Higgins. 

Chief organiser, Ifrah Ahmed, came to Ireland as a refugee from Somalia four years ago and now calls Drumcondra home.  She has campaigned on a variety of issues, especially on women’s health, and become a leading figure in the campaign against FGM. 

 “It is in our power to stop famine.  In this day and age no one should go hungry,” says Ifrah Amhed. 

“The lives of people in Somalia, Kenya, Ethiopia and Djibouti have been devastated by famine and armed conflict.  The work being done by UNICEF, and other aid agencies, is paramount to the survival of these people. Events likes ours provide vital funds to allow these agencies to operate and provide assistance where it is desperately needed.”

Guest speakers from UNICEF and UNHCR, the UN refugee agency, will give an insight into the current situation in the Horn of Africa and on the work the two agencies are doing on the frontline. 

Sharon Waters, Communications Officer with the Irish Refugee Council, says:  “The stories and the images of the famine refugees are a heartbreaking reminder of why it is so important that Ireland continues to give refuge to those in need of international protection and why we should be proud to do so.”

-ENDS-

Further information:

Sharon Waters                        085 8585 510 / 01 764 5066