The LuQuLuQu campaign, an initiative of UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is organising a public walk in solidarity with families forced to flee their homes across Africa.
The #StepForSafety walk will take place in Johannesburg, South Africa at the Walter Sisulu National Botanical Gardens.
Africa hosts the highest number of forcibly displaced persons – over 24 million. In raising awareness of the plight of refugees, #StepForSafety draws attention to the perilous journeys refugees have taken to find safety.
Participants will have the choice of three routes which they can walk, run or jog – including a stroller friendly option.
Following the walk, attendees will have an opportunity to walk the steps of a person forced to flee in an experiential simulation of a UNHCR reception centre, refugee registration process, distribution on non-food items and refugee shelter, all designed to build first-hand knowledge of the refugee experience.
There will also be a market with a variety of food, arts and craft stalls as well as post-walk performances and appearances from ANATII, Tresor Riziki, Ma Nala, Ayanda Makayi, Ancillar Mangena; Edith Venter; UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador Leanne Manas and many more.
#StepForSafety is proudly supported by Old Mutual, Click Media, Exclusive Books, Rakoma Travel, Planet Fitness, Maverick and Jane, and Cushman and Wakefield Excellerate.
LuQuLuQu is a social movement that was created in November 2017 by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to transform public perceptions of the African refugee.
The campaign takes ownership of shaping the narrative of Africa’s displaced, and drives individual contributions toward supporting the refugee cause.
UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, leads international action to protect people forced to flee their homes because of conflict and persecution.
They deliver life-saving assistance like shelter, food and water, help safeguard fundamental human rights, and develop solutions that ensure people have a safe place to call home where they can build a better future.
They also work to ensure that stateless people are granted a nationality. All proceeds go towards providing critical care and support to forcibly displaced communities.