Kenyan performing artists will on Saturday participate in a walk to raise awareness on the plight of displaced persons from strife-torn neighboring countries, organizers said on Monday.

The second edition of the walk for displaced persons organized by the UN refugee agency (UNHCR), aims to highlight the socio-economic challenges they face in their host countries.

“This second Step for Safety walk is a wonderful way in which we as a community can honor the strength and perseverance of people that, even though were forced to flee and leave everything behind, are determined to build a better life,” said Fathiaa Abdalla, UNHCR Representative in Kenya, in a statement issued in Nairobi.

Top Kenyan musicians including Mercy Masika, Avril and Elani will participate in the Step for Safety Walk in Nairobi that is part of UNHCR’s LuQuLuQu campaign which roots for local solution to the challenges facing persons displaced by conflicts and natural calamities in Africa.

“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,” said UNHCR.

According to the UN agency, more than 1500 people participated in last year’s walk for refugees Nairobi while subsequent walks have been held in Somalia, Ghana, Burkina Faso, Senegal and South Africa.

“Kenyans have responded to the LuQuLuQu campaign’s call for action energetically,” said Abdalla, adding that the east Africa nation currently hosts more than 450,000 refugees while close to 80 percent are women and children.

Mercy Masika, UNHCR Goodwill ambassador and award-winning gospel artist said there is a growing consensus that harnessing Africa’s strong cultural ethos that emphasizes unity, generosity and peace is key to find a durable solution to the continent’s refugee crisis.

“I am proud to be part of LuQuLuQu family. In walking together, we are demonstrating a united Africa for our forcibly displaced brothers and sisters across the continent,” said Masika.

By taking this step for safety, we are invoking Ubuntu philosophy that is at the heart of LuQuLuQu-taking utmost care for each other,” she added. Enditem


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