Granit Xhaka, Mesut Ozil, and Petr Cech have all joined forces with Freedom from Torture’s campaign to mark Refugee Week that runs until 24th June.
"#Football has a home for everyone. Football welcomes #refugees." Join Granit Xhaka, @MesutOzil1088 & @PetrCech in showing that people who flee #torture, war & persecution and seek sanctuary in the UK are welcome here. #RefugeeWeek2018 #SharingMySanctuary @AFCCommunity pic.twitter.com/1WKeHrQPyp
— Freedom from Torture (@FreefromTorture) June 21, 2018
According to the official Refugee Week site, “Refugee Week takes place every year across the world in the week around World Refugee Day on the 20 June. In the UK, Refugee Week is a nationwide programme of arts, cultural and educational events that celebrate the contribution of refugees to the UK, and encourages a better understanding between communities.”
Freedom from Torture, meanwhile, said, “World Refugee Day on 20 June saw Freedom from Torture meeting MPs in Parliament Square and ended with the launch of our Tamil recipe book at our annual Great Street Feast. Our message for the day was an inclusive one – #SharingMySanctuary. Yet even as we celebrated the contributions of refugees, we remembered torture survivors trapped in the asylum system.”
With the shocking scenes of children being separated from their parents in the US and being kept in cages, the plight of refugees has never been more heavily covered. However, there is so much that needs to be done to make this world safe and welcoming for those fleeing war, natural disaster and economic hardship, it’s great to see Arsenal players supporting such a worthy cause.