Thousands of Kenyans participated in the second UNHCR Step for Safety annual walk over the weekend in support of refugees who have been displaced because of conflict and persecution in the East African region and across Africa.
The Step for Safety walk is an initiative of UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency’s LuQuLuQu campaign. The campaign draws attention to the plight of forcibly displaced people and strives to change the public perception of the refugee narrative by highlighting their resilience.
The pan-African walk is organized to raise awareness and support for families forced to flee their homes because of violence, conflict, or persecution across Africa. It was inaugurated in Nairobi last year with 1500 people in attendance and has since then been held in Somalia, Ghana, Burkina Faso, Senegal and South Africa.
UNHCR Goodwill ambassador, Mercy Masika led popular artistes Avril and Elani in participating in the public walk in Nairobi, as well as performing for the crowd.
Fathiaa Abdalla, UNHCR Representative in Kenya, had this to say, “Kenya hosts more than 475,000 refugees with close to 80 per cent of them being women and children. Having met some of the people behind these numbers, I am continuously impressed and inspired by their talent, ambition and potential.”