On November 19th in Plymouth city centre, there will be a ‘Walk of Witness’ to demonstrate solidarity with refugees. Forced out by war, poverty or persecution, millions of people live uncertain lives as migrants and refugees. Each of us, moved by faith, can act in welcome, respect and love.
So far this year hundreds of thousands of people have been displaced and are making perilous journeys in search of shelter. The UN Human Rights Council says over 3,000 people have drowned in the Mediterranean trying to get to safety in Europe in the first 6 months of 2016. That is 1,000 more than in the same months of 2015.
That is why CAFOD, the Catholic Diocese of Plymouth, the Anglican Diocese of Exeter and others are organising a walk of witness in solidarity with people who have been forced to become refugees because of war, climate change, exploitation and persecution.
Pope Francis calls us to “see, and then to enable others to see, that migrants and refugees are brothers and sisters to be welcomed, respected and loved.”
The walk of witness will be led by the Southwest’s own ‘Lampedusa Cross’, which is made from salvaged pieces of boats wrecked off the coast of the Italian island of Lampedusa, where many refugees have drowned making their way to Europe.
The walk will be a memorial for those who had perished and an act of solidarity with those who are searching for a new life of safety.
Where & When: Saturday the 19th November, 10am-12pm. Plymouth city centre piazza for the main rally at 10am where a few short speeches will ensue. Then a walk of witness to Plymouth RC Cathedral ending with a short service which will finish at 12pm.