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Panel discussion: The 21st Century Odyssey

Last year 1.2 million people fled to Europe to escape conflict, poverty and persecution. Take a journey across the continent with those who have experienced this first-hand - a refugee, a journalist, a Medecins Sans Frontieres/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) staff member and some grass-roots volunteers.

We will hear their heart-breaking yet uplifting stories and ask ourselves the questions: ‘how does this affect us?’ and ‘what’s our obligation to help?

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During the evening you will :

  • Learn about MSF’s search and rescue operations in the Mediterranean Sea and medical support along the transit routes of Europe
  • Hear a refugee’s remarkable story from Syria all the way to the UK
  • Discover the nimble and compassionate volunteer movements that have sprung up
  • Get an expert’s perspective and prediction for the future
  • Most crucially, discover ways you can make a difference right here in northern England.

Panel of speakers

Jens Pagotto, MSF Head of Mission

Daniel Trilling, journalist and author

Ahmad Al-Rashid, Syrian refugee and student at SOAS

Maddie Harris, grass-roots volunteer in France and Greece

Rose McCarthy, Refugee Council and City of Sanctuary

Date: Thursday 3 November 2016

Time: 6.45pm – 9pm (then join us for a drink in a nearby venue)

Location: The Riley Smith Hall, Leeds University Student Union, Lifton Place, Leeds, LS2 9JT.

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