How can refugee children integrate into Quebec’s school system, given the unspeakable violence they’ve experienced? Following a psychologist specializing in conflict-related trauma, Unspoken Tears (Trauma Through Words) pays tribute to the admirable resilience and survival strategies of these “small adults,” whose spirit the bombs and camps have not completely crushed, at a time when it is vital to raise awareness in Western societies of migration-related issues and children’s rights.
Join the screening of Unspoken Tears (Trauma Through Words) followed by facilitated conversations to unpack our perceptions.
About World Refugee Day
The United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) estimates that at the end of 2012, there were 15.4 million refugees worldwide. In 2012 an average of 23,000 individuals were forced to flee their homes each day due to conflict and persecution. UNHCR estimates that 46% of refugees are under the age of 18.
Since 2001, the 50th anniversary of the 1951 Convention relating to the Status of Refugees, June 20th has been recognized globally as World Refugee Day. It acknowledges the courage and strength of people forced to feel their homes.
World Refugee Day Waterloo Region
Since 2002, the Community Coalition on Refugee and Immigrant Concerns (CCORIC) has been organizing yearly events in recognition of World Refugee Day. Starting in 2013, rather than organizing one event on June 20th, CCORIC reached out to the broader community, engaging a broad range of stakeholders in turning World Refugee Day from a single event into a month-long community effort to celebrate our Region’s rich history of offering refuge to people fleeing their home countries. We invite you to join us in reflecting on our annual theme, “Becoming Neighbours.”