MORE than 50 Aberystwyth people attended a march and demonstration of solidarity with civilians in war-torn Syria – as the town prepared to welcome its latest refugees from the country.
The Cambrian News reported “On Monday, two more Syrian families began their lives in Aberystwyth with a welcome ceremony after the success of the early rehoming of several families from the country over the past two years.
More than 25 Syrians now call Aberystwyth home after Ceredigion County Council became one of the first ‘trailblazer’ authorities in Wales to welcome refugees at the height of the crisis in the country.
More than 40 Syrian refugees will be arriving in Aberystwyth before 2020 after the first 10 refugees from Syria arrived in the town before Christmas of 2015.
Aberaid, the local group set up to raise awareness of and support for Syrian refugees, has also raised more than £20,000 to welcome further families through the Community Sponsorship Programme.
The new arrivals were welcomed at a closed event on Monday afternoon.
On the Friday beforehand, a group of residents, including Ceredigion MP Ben Lake, met at the Plaid Cymru offices on Pier Street and held a march through the town, finishing outside the Welsh Government building on Boulevard St Brieuc.
Ahmed Sultan, one of the Syrian settlers in Aberystwyth who attended the event said he “was very pleased to participate in the march”.
“I am happy because so many British people stood with us,” he added.
His wife Latifa Sultan added: “All thanks to Ben Lake for his solidarity with us. Thanks to Aberaid and all those who always stand by us.
“I wish with all my heart that peace prevails in Syria, and everywhere” here.