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Members of Aalborg Symphony Orchestra to play benefit concert for refugees this Sunday

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(Photo courtesy of visitaalborg.dk.)
(Photo courtesy of visitaalborg.dk.)

Lauren Robinson, a friend of mine who plays horn with the Aalborg Symphony Orchestra, has organized a benefit concert for the refugees streaming into Europe. Donations will go to the Red Cross’ effort to aid those arriving in Europe by the thousands. (You may have heard that Denmark just accepted 1,000 additional refugees as part of the EU deal to apportion 120,000 of the more than half a million people seeking asylum in Europe.) The concert will take place on Sunday, 27 September from 15:00 at Budolfi Kirke in the center of Aalborg. Check out the FB page here.

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Can I help? Yes you can! In a world of chaos lend a hand! Otherwise known as, ‘How to help the refugees and asylum seekers in Europe from North Jutland’

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[The first part of this post was written by a friend and fellow writer, Anna Klitgaard, who visited refugees on Lesbos this past summer and will be going on a 1.5 month trip to meet and travel with refugees starting in Greece in November/December this year and reporting on her experiences for Amnesty International Denmark.]

Background

Since returning from Lesbos this summer and as the refugee crisis in Europe has evolved, I have been asked a number of times what we as individuals can do. There seems to be a huge need to help amongst many of us, and as the same was experienced by my friend from the international women’s association WORLD! – Sarah Holsen – we decided to compile a list of local North Denmark organisations, events and private initiatives, where help is much appreciated.

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Refugees in Lesbos (photo taken by author)

The refugee crisis has escalated throughout the summer, as tens of thousands of primarily Syrians have risked their lives, whilst crossing the sea from Turkey to the Greek islands of Lesbos, Samos, Chios and Kos (amongst others). They are escaping a bloody and lasting war, which so far has internally replaced about eight million Syrians and sent another four million to neighbouring countries such as Egypt, Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan. Out of those many millions, about one million is looking to Europe for safety and so far about 250.000 have made it across to primarily Greece. From here they have trekked by foot through Macedonia and Serbia to reach Hungary and the Schengen-area, but most hope to settle in Germany or other western European countries.

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