DMU students put together 100 dignity packs for refugees across Europe

By Beatriz Abreu Ferreira

De Montford University students working together with LE Solidarity organised an event to prepare 100 dignity packs yesterday (THURS, FEB21), which will be donated to refugees in Calais and Paris.

The event was organised to celebrate the LGBTQ History month, by DMUworks and Square Mile Volunteers, which work on a regular basis with the charity institution LE Solidarity to sort donations and deliver them to asylum seekers.

According to the Williams Policy Institute, around 400 million LGBT+ persons across the world are threatened with jail, violence or death.

De Montfort University was recently nominated the global hub for the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 16, which is designed to promote peace, justice, and strong institutions.

Sunita Patel, Senior Public Engagement Officer, said: “This year we (DMU) are particularly looking at what it means to be a city of welcome, what it means to people when they arrive in our city and the kind of items that they need to get their dignity back which is why we are doing a lot of these projects which are dignity packs projects.”

Blasio Mukiibi, an asylum seeker from Uganda, has attended the campaign to share his own experience.

“Being an asylum seeker is not easy. I fled and look for freedom so when I reached here I thought maybe somehow, somewhere, I will be free. But almost, literally, I am not that most free.

“I became anxious each and every time.

“After 15 years I discovered being different, from that day until now I have never been free and I have never met any justice in my life,” he said.

Students who are interested in getting involved should contact DMU Local and join the group in the weekly donations sorting or choose from a wide variety of projects.

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