On 6 March 2015 in beautiful Bristol sunshine, Bristol celebrated it’s status as a City of Sanctuary by planting a tree on College Green. The Mayor, George Ferguson and the Dean of Bristol Cathedral were both part of this important ceremony. Bristol Refugee Rights’ members wrote and read a poem specially for the event with the help of poet and historian Edson Burton.
“Smouldering sunrise and sunset,
Space and calm of country life
Drowned in rivers of water, fire, blood
Leaving dust bowl earth, and smiling evil
Crushed like unwanted cargo we journey
Cross land and sea; meet cool folded welcome.
In a kind corner we discover a second home
Among friends who give and expect nothing
Hope returns like a dove rising.”