n Friday 16th October, Exeter University’s Amnesty International Society is hosting a Candlelit Vigil in a demonstration of support for the Syrian refugees.
Over 400 people are ‘attending’ on the Facebook event page or expressed interest in other ways.
The society have organised the march in connection with the Oxfam, UNICEF, Red Cross and STAR societies.
It is due to take place in the evening of the 16th, leaving from the Forum at 7pm, with participants holding candles and banners and walking into the centre of Exeter.
President of the Amnesty International Society, Ellen Boivin explained: “the vigil aims to give students and the people of Exeter the opportunity to stand together in a peaceful reflection upon all those who have lost their lives, homes and families in the crisis”.
The Syrian civil war began in 2011 when security forces opened fire on pro-democracy protestors, triggering nationwide calls for the resignation of President Assad.
The opposition forces began to take up arms in order to protect themselves and then to expel security forces from their towns and the war quickly escalated, with the death toll reaching 220,000 by March 2015 (according to the UN).