PETALING JAYA: A group of poets from Malaysia as well as other countries will be performing online in an effort to raise funds for refugees during the movement control order (MCO).
The event – If Walls Could Talk – Poetry Open Mic – aims to raise RM5,000 for non-governmental organisations, Refuge For The Refugees and Tenaganita, that are helping refugees.
The performances will take place via Facebook Live on Thursday (April 9), starting at 8pm local time.
Among the Malaysians taking part are Bernice Chauly, Azizan Afi, Deborah Augustin, Dhabitah Zainal, Dhinesha Karthigesu, Gwendoline Esther, Katrina Maliamauv, Kulleh Grasi, Minxi, Veshalini Naidu and Wani Ardy.
They will be joined by poets from Singapore, Syria, the US, the Philippines and Australia.
"The majority of refugees depend on daily wages to support themselves and their families. With the MCO in place, many have lost their sources of income and are struggling to put food on the table.
"We are looking to support more families, and here are the ways your donation can help," read the campaign fundraising page.
The MCO, which began on March 18, was supposed to end on March 31, but was extended to April 14 and may be extended again.
Bernama reported that the government would be making an announcement on this on Friday (April 10).
As of February this year, there were 178,990 refugees and asylum-seekers registered with the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Malaysia.
Most refugees here work in the informal sectors and live from day to day.
For more information, log onto https://www.sedunia.me/campaigns/support-refugee-families-during-mco/about
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