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“Refugees Welcome” Charlottetown Rally and Candlelight Vigil

Anne T. Gillis, CND

On September 10, a hundred + people, including Sister Marie Hagen, CND, and myself, gathered in Charlottetown to urge civil, provincial and federal leaders to open the Canadian borders now to a significant number of Syrian Refugees. Speakers, including the Newcomers Association of PEI, the Cooper Institute, the Council of Canadians, a representative from the Diocese of Charlottetown, the leader of the PEI NDP Party, as well as the federal NDP candidate, who has long been a member of the Newcomers Association, and Syrian refugees already settled in PEI, spoke adamantly about the need for a more streamlined process and for opening this great land of ours to more refugees. The most powerful input for me was the reading of a poem called “HOME” by Warsan Shire, a 27yr old Somali-British poet, which in part says… “you have to understand, no one puts their children in a boat unless the water is safer than the land…no one leaves home until home is saying… leave, run now, I don’t know what I have become…!” Hoping we can make a significant effort to bring some of these people home.

 

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