Pictures of the week 5th October

Pictures of the week 5th October

Welcome back to picture of the week. Sorry we have been away! MRSN is made up of many community organisations that show the highly diverse refugee culture of Manchester. One of the most active organisations is the Eritrean Merhaba Community Association(MCA). The archive has kindly been donated a large number of pictures of the organisations activities by Ibrahim Sirage. They show members celebrating EID and also receiving university certificates of recognition in 2013. As well as charting the history of MRSN, our heritage project aims to show how many different communities have come together and show the amazing things can be achieved if people organiser and work together for change. Thanks to Ibrahim for all his help and support on the project.  ...
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Picture of the week-the WAST choir

Picture of the week-the WAST choir

This week we are featuring the WAST choir. WAST (women asylum seekers together) are one of MRSN's member groups and performed fantastically at our recent Cultural Festival. Do you know who these people are? We have lots of pictures like this in our archive and need your help to identify the people in them and the places that they were taken. Do contact us if you can help. bill@mrsn.org.uk ...
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Latest Blog…Refugee World Cup

Latest Blog…Refugee World Cup

Football never really goes away...not even in the summer! We have found a lot of information about the Refugee World Cup. Here is our latest blog... Manchester’s World Cup The Refugee World Cup, a football tournament for teams made up of refugees and asylum seekers is one of the most popular events organised by the Manchester Refugee Support Network (MRSN). Starting in 1999 and based on the World Cup Finals, the tournament is timed to coincide with Refugee Week an annual, UK-wide programme of arts, cultural and educational events and activities that celebrates the contribution of refugees to the UK. Photographs and press cuttings in the MRSN archive (from 2000) help tell the story of one of those involved in the tournament, football coach, Abdullahi Mohammed. Following the outbreak of civil war, Abdullahi left his home country of Somalia in 1990 in fear of his life. A qualified football referee and coach, Abdullahi made his home in the North West. ‘When I came...
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Picture of the week. Refugee Cultural Festival

Picture of the week. Refugee Cultural Festival

MRSN Manchester Refugee Cultural Festival, poster, 1998. This poster shows the 8 original communities which fed into and formed MRSN back when it started in 1996. Its vibrant yellow colour is certainly eye-catching and reminiscent of the joyful celebratory feel of the festivals.   Were you a member of one of the 8 original communities? Were you at the festival? Do you remember the early days of MRSN? If so we'd love to hear from you. Contact bill@mrsn.org.uk     ...
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