As part of on-going work to support Afghan refugees and musicians, the MU's Executive Committee (EC) have asked its Equalities Committee to nominate two charities working directly with refugees so that they may make a donation on behalf of the Organisation.
The Campaign To Protect Afghanistan's Musicians (of which MU General Secretary, Horace Trubridge is an official signatory of) is an international coordination effort to protect all of Afghanistan's musicians in a time of crisis, along with their extraordinarily rich musical traditions, from the classical rabab to the latest pop music.
Further to the announcement, the Committee are pleased to confirm that the charities nominated are as follows:
- Rainbow Railroad - A global not-for-profit organization that helps LGTBQI+ people facing persecution based on their sexual orientation, gender identity and sex characteristics. In a time when there are more displaced people than ever before, LGBTQI+ people are uniquely vulnerable due to systemic, state-enabled homophobia and transphobia. These factors either displace them in their own country or prevent them from escaping harm.
For more infomation, please visit Rainbow Railroad's official website.
- Refugee Action - A charity supporting refuges and people seeking asylum in the UK by giving expert advice and guidance to those struggling to navigate the failing and unfair asylum system. They help those with refugee status to settle into their new homes and communities – everything from helping children into schools, to support booking doctors’ appointments, and ensuring they get a hot meal when they arrive.
For more information, please visit the Refugee Action's official website.