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World Refugee Day 2003 National Activity Plan: Netherlands

World Refugee Day 2003 National Activity Plan: Netherlands

1 April 2003

Dutch singer Do performing with her dancers at the NEC stadium in Nijmegen.

On June 20, UNHCR is organising an event in the stadium of football club NEC in Nijmegen. Co-organisers include UNHCR's partner association, Join Media, and the Regional Education Centre (ROC), a network of schools in and around Nijmegen.

Students from the ROC and other schools will attend the live filming of a video clip for a new song, "On the Run", about refugees by the famous rap group, Def P en de Onderhonden (Def P & the Underdogs). The stage for this film will be a UNHCR tent in the middle of the football field. The clip will also include some UNHCR footage.

The audience has been invited to make their own rap on the track of Def P's song. This "chain rap" will be extended by school kids in future manifestations by Join Media and UNHCR, allowing visitors to express their ideas about refugees through music. Besides Def P, there will also be shows by Dutch pop idols Jim & Jamai, and Do.

During the show, large screens will show interviews with young refugees (taken from UNHCR's film, "Facing the Future") as well as interviews with students from ROC about refugees - some of them are themselves refugees - and a presentation by an NEC football player Youssouf Hersi, a refugee from Ethiopia.