A local campaign group, Tynemouth Together with Refugees, has come up with an innovative and creative way to get their voice heard. The group has planned an event tomorrow (Friday 23 September at 12 noon) when they will launch a mass flight of orange heart-shaped planes to call on the new Prime Minister to end the plan to send refugees to Rwanda. The campaign is called #FillTheSkiesWithHope.
After the planes have been launched from the lower prom at King Edwards Bay, they will be sent to their MP with messages written on them expressing our concerns about the Rwanda scheme.
A kinder, more compassionate approach is needed
The Day of Action, organised by the campaign coalition, Together with Refugees, is part of a nationwide protest to show that people across the country oppose the policy to send refugees to Rwanda, without hearing their claim in the UK and with no official route back.
The planes are orange and heart-shaped as this is the symbol of their call for a kinder, more compassionate approach to refugees.
Tynemouth Together with Refugees
Tynemouth Together with Refugees is a group of local people who campaign for a fairer treatment of refugees. They have held events along the coast since October last year, raising awareness of government legislation and gaining significant public support.
Penny Henry, Tynemouth Together with Refugees spokesperson said:
“The plan to send refugees to Rwanda is both cruel and inhumane. The government is turning its back on the UK’s responsibility to give protection to people fleeing war and persecution. We can’t stand by and not let our voices be heard”.
Norma Redfearn, Elected Mayor of North Tyneside said:
” I support the Together with Refugees campaign and strongly oppose the policy to send refugees to Rwanda.”
Mulualem Denbenga Degu, asylum seeker living in Newcastle said:
“The new Asylum Law needs to be improved. Seeking asylum is a basic human right.”