On Monday 26th March, over 50 people took to the streets of Aberystwyth, Wales, to show solidarity with civilians in war-torn Syria – as the town prepared to welcome its latest refugees from the country.
The march, organised by community sponsorship group Aberaid, successfully moved politicians to increase the numbers of families they have committed to resettle. Alun Williams, a Plaid Cymru councillor in Ceredigion told The Guardian: “A clear message was coming from the community, and that gave me a very clear lead on how to act.”
Aberaid's pioneering campaign reached national news in The Guardian.
Cambrian News have also written a series of heartwarming pieces on the success of the resettlements of Syrian families in Wales, and the achievements of the Aberaid:
28th March 2018: Solidarity march before more refugees are welcomed to Aberystwyth
2nd February 2018: Refugee family to come to Aber thanks to fundraisers
4th May 2017: Calls for more refugees to come and live in Ceredigion
27 December 2016: Refugee support group well on the way to £9,000 target
6 December 2016: Group plans to bring more Syrian refugees to Aberystwyth
5th October 2016: Campaign group praised for supporting refugees