Over two thousand people congregated together for LuQuLuQu’s second annual Step for Safety walk this past Saturday.
The walk is an awareness building and fundraising initiative to support families forced to flee their homes because of conflict, violence or persecution across Africa. It first launched in Nairobi in 2018 and had since been held across the continent in Somalia, South Africa, Senegal, Burkina Faso, and Ghana.
Step for Safety is an initiative of the LuQuLuQu campaign. LuQuLuQu seeks to challenge negative public perceptions about refugees and instead highlight the drive and resilience of people forced to flee.
“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,” said Fathiaa Abdalla, UNHCR Representative in Kenya.
"Having met some of the people behind these numbers, I am continuously impressed and inspired by their talent, ambition and potential" - Mercy Masika
“Kenyans have responded to the LuQuLuQu campaign’s call for action energetically. This second Step for Safety walk is a wonderful way in which we as a community can honour the strength and perseverance of people that, even though were forced to flee and leave everything behind, are determined to build a better life,” she added.
This year, corporate partners including Healthy U EcoBank, TechnoBrain, Standard Group, Equity Bank, Sarit Centre, Capital FM, and Bibilia Husema, came out in large numbers to support the initiative.
Also attending the Step for Safety walk were LuQuLuQu Advocates and Supporters including UNHCR’s Goodwill Ambassador, Mercy Masika, who performed at the post-walk concert. “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.
By taking this step for safety, we are invoking the ubuntu philosophy that is at the heart of LuQuLuQu – taking utmost care of each other,” commented Masika.
The next Step for Safety walk is planned for Accra, Ghana on 28 September. Visit: luquluqu.org/stepforsafety
By Amina Rai, Nairobi Kenya | 11 Sep 2019