Talk Event: The situation in Syria, refugees and Japan, March 2, 2016
Date: March 2, 2016
Location: Peace Boat Center Tokyo

As of October 2015, more than 250,000 people have been killed in the conflict in Syria. As the situation deteriorates, many people have been forced to flee their homes and seek refuge in neighbouring countries or other safer places. According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), there are now more than 4.5 million Syrian refugees, and this number is expected to continue increasing. There are many challenges in how to deal with this situation. However, giving people refugee status not only saves their lives in the short-term, but is also a necessary step to allowing them to build their fugures. In this talk, we will hear from Jamal, 23 years old, a refugee from Syria now living in Japan. This will be a chance to learn about his experiences in Syria and as a refugee in Japan, and what we can do to support refugees and make Japan a welcoming place.


Language: English and Japanese, with interpretation provided.
Participation Fee: 300 JPY, which goes to running costs and also a donation.
Reservations: Please reserve in advance on the Facebook Event page, or by calling the Peace Boat office at 03-3363-7561.
Location: Peace Boat Centre Tokyo, 7 mins walk from Takadanobaba Station (Map)
Information in Japanese: http://peaceboat.org/12040.html

See here for more information about the crowdfunding campaign introduced at the March 2 event, to deliver much-needed daily supplies and funds for medicine to families in Syria, coordinated by the "White Heart for Syria" team.