Mr. Djavid Paknehad, director of CCR, Mr. Peter Michalko, head of the EU delegation to RM, Mrs. Liliana Nicolaescu Onofrei, Ministry of Education, Mr. Mihail Cotorobai, ombudsman, Mr. Adrian Talmaci, interim mayor of Chisinau municipality and others.

The Charity Centre for Refugees (CCR) participated on Sunday, 15 September at the Inter-ethnic Festival organised by the Agency of Inter-ethnic Relations in the Republic of Moldova in partnership with local non-governmental organisations.

The event, that was at the XVIII edition, gathered hundreds of Moldovans who came to celebrate diversity and to find out more about culture of the minorities that live in our country such as Armenians, Georgians, Russians, Ukrainians, Belorussians, Azerbaijanis, Lithuanians, Roma and Gagauz people including the culture of the refugees and asylum-seekers living in the Republic of Moldova.

At the Festival participated various officials from Municipal Mayoralty, Presidency, the Ministry of Education, Head of the European Delegation to RM and others who encouraged ethnic minorities to be pro-active and continue to influence positively the society.

CCR had the opportunity to present the organisation, its goals and the main services and activities it carries out for refugees in Moldova. At the event participated refugees and asylum-seekers that were interested to meet minorities from our country and present their own culture, especially to the Moldovans in order to develop a positive and friendly attitude towards them.

During the event CCR staff, volunteers and refugees spoke to the visitors, exchanged contacts with other organisations interested in partnership and enjoyed a peaceful and charming atmosphere supported by music, traditional dishes and clothes of the minorities in Moldova.

Text: Doina Crăciun, project assistant