Don’t believe in magic?
Many of the refugees in our Liverpool drop-in centre could be forgiven for not believing.
They have fled their homes and fetched up halfway around the world.
Some of them, owing to bureaucratic delays and restrictions in the immigration system, are homeless and hungry.
Enter Dynamo, world-renowned magician and illusionist.
The magician made a surprise visit ahead of a gig in Liverpool. And he put on quite a show.
Take a look and see for yourself.
“Dynamo did a trick moving a pound coin from hand to hand.
“My son and daughter absolutely loved it,” said Mohammed Yasir Pervez, from Pakistan. He’s currently seeking asylum.
The British Red Cross drop-in at St Bride’s welcomes newly-arrived asylum seekers and refugees from countries including Syria, Libya, Sudan and Eritrea.
Red Cross staff and volunteers provide food, clothing, advice on the asylum process. They also run tours of the city to help people find vital services and adjust to their new home.
Between 50 and 80 people attend the drop-in sessions each week to socialise and get a hot meal.
Matthew Young from the Red Cross project said:
“The Friday drop-in is a lifeline for a lot of people and we were thrilled that Dynamo wanted to support the Red Cross and the work we are doing with refugees and asylum seekers here in Liverpool.
“His visit gave those that were there an opportunity to forget about their immediate worries and have a bit of fun.”
With refugee support teams throughout the country, we are the largest service provider to refugees and asylum seekers in the UK.
We provide essential emotional and practical support to over 13,000 asylum seekers and refugees in 60 towns and cities in the UK each year.
Globally, the Red Cross network has a long and proud history of working with refugees across the world.
- This blog is part of a series celebrating Refugee Week.
- The British Red Cross is the largest provider of refugee services in the UK. We helped over 9,000 destitute asylum seekers and refugees in 2015. We offer food parcels, clothing and small amounts of emergency cash. Want to help? Find out how to volunteer at your local refugee service.