1 Campaign to take off today

2011-06-20 00:00

WHILE the official launch of the 1 Campaign will take place in Geneva Switzerland today, more than 100 schools in South Africa will be showing their solidarity with refugees around the world by screening the documentary entitled Where do I stand? in honour of World Refugee Day.

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)’s 1 Campaign encourages people all over the world, to do one thing to express solidarity with refugees.

In SA, independent filmmaker Molly Blank in partnership with the UNHCR and Shikaya, a non-profit civil society that recognises the crucial role that teachers can play in deepening and strengthening South Africa’s democracy, has put together a 37-minute documentary using the xenophobia attacks of May 2008 as a basis.

According to Blank, approximately 108 schools participating in the campaign — some based in Pietermaritzburg — were sent free copies of the film.

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