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From War Zone to Sanctuary

July 16, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm


Bath Welcomes Refugees is to hold its inaugural fundraiser at the
Guildhall this weekend with an evening of story through the words of
Molly Case, a writer, nurse and spoken word artist; through the lenses
of Abbie Trayler-Smith, an award-winning photographer, and Kae Bahar,
a film maker whose short films are sweeping the award decks at film
festivals all over the world; and through the haunting and beautiful
music of Nabra, an oud duo from Bristol. Bath Welcomes Refugees
invites you to connect with Kae, Abbie, Molly, and Ali and Knud, who
have either suffered, recorded or helped in the on-going refugee

While this evening is the chance to celebrate what has been achieved
here in Bath, thanks to BANES Council and the goodwill of the
community, it is also an opportunity to reflect on what is yet to be
done and how we can make it happen.

The evening will start with a drinks reception when you can learn of
options to help Bath Welcomes Refugees by donating to our cause in
terms of time, energy or finance (all equally valuable currencies),
when you will be given the chance to win some quality raffle prizes
donated by Bath businesses and individuals, and finally when you will
have the opportunity to meet our presenters and performers in person.
They are:

Molly Case

Molly Case is a spoken word artist, writer and nurse. She achieved
international recognition after her poem ‘Nursing the Nation’
gained over 350,000 views on YouTube in a matter of weeks. Molly’s
work has appeared in the Guardian, the Independent, the Times, Elle
magazine and Huffington Post, and she was named in the Health Service
Journal’s Inspirational Women list and the BBC’s 100 Women list in
2013. Her debut collection of poetry, ‘Underneath the Roses Where I
Remembered Everything’ was out last year with Burning Eye Books.
Earlier this year Molly travelled to Calais to help in The Jungle.
There she was confronted with the harsh realities of flight and
frustrated hopes all of which provided her with further material for
her writing and poetry.

Kae Bahar

UK based Kurdistan-born Kae Bahar studied in Europe and has worked as
a documentary filmmaker and actor. His directorial debut in film
drama, I Am Sami, has won over 40 awards in Festivals around the
world. A Special Guest, his second fiction film, explores the theme of
refugee resettlement from the perspectives of a refugee child and an
elderly couple that wish to extend welcome. This film will be released
later this year in advance of a feature film, Blindfold Shoes. Kae is
also a successful writer. Letters from a Kurd, a fictional tale of a
young boy’s experiences under Iraq’s harshest regime, has received
great reviews.

Abbie Trayler-Smith

Abbie Trayler-Smith is a documentary and portrait photographer whose
work draws on an emotional response and engagement with her subject.
Her first job was for The Daily Telegraph in London where she spent 8
years covering news and features worldwide, including the Iraq war,
the Darfur crisis and the Asian tsunami. In 2007 she joined Panos
Pictures and has continued to document social issues worldwide for
international clients including the Guardian, Sunday Times, BBC, Time
Magazine, Newsweek Oxfam and UNICEF. Her work has won prizes in The
World Press Photo Awards, The Taylor Wessing Portrait Award, The
Magnum Ideastap Grant and been shortlisted for many others.


Nabra means the sound of your own voice in Arabic. It is the name
chosen for their oud duo by Ali Elmubarak, a refugee from Sudan, and
Knud Stuwe, the son of a refugee who fled East Prussia at the end of
World War Two. The pair came together via a scheme devised by Bristol
Refugee Rights to introduce refugees to professional musicians. Ali
and Knud share a deep love of music, in particular, the haunting sound
of the oud; a classical African and Arabic instrument similar to the
lute and guitar. Since connecting through the scheme the duo have gone
from strength to strength and are to be found playing their unique
blend of traditional African and contemporary Western music at gigs
and festivals across the UK. Their partnership, like their music, has
crossed borders and broken down boundaries.
Tickets to the event can be bought by visiting the website:
www.fromwarzonetosanctuary.com or at the door on the night, 16th July

Bath Welcomes Refugees (BWR) is a young organisation with one simple
aim: to bring to safety and security in the UK those people persecuted
and in danger in their own countries and homelands, and in particular
to help them settle in Bath or the surrounding area, should that be
where their journey ends. BWR maintains an a-political and a-religious
position so that this one simple aim stays forever at the front of
BWR’s efforts whatever else may be happening globally, nationally or

BWR is run by volunteers and aligns its operation with the goals of
Refugees Welcome and supports those campaigns initiated to improve the
circumstances of refugees. It also seeks to support and assist all
agencies involved in settling refugees locally through practical
hands-on involvement, befriending, fundraising, and campaigning where
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July 16, 2016
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm


The Guildhall
High Street
Bath, BA1 5AW United Kingdom
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