“Leave No One Behind” film festival in Turkey draws attention to refugee and migrant health

During its inaugural 7 day-long film festival entitled "Leave No One Behind", WHO Turkey showcased 6 documentaries and 1 fictional film, which focused on the lives of refugees and migrants forced to leave one country and set up home in another.

During the free-of-charge, online event, audiences were taken on a journey to witness the excruciating stages of migration and the difficulties faced in integrating into new societies. The aim was to bring attention to this year’s health theme, “Building a fairer, healthier world for everyone”, and to celebrate 2021, the Year of the Health and Care Worker.

Dr Kanuni Keklik, head of the Migration Department in the Turkish Directorate of Public Health, spoke of the films’ influence in portraying displaced people who are searching for protection, health and a dignified life through re-establishing a connection to the world in a new home after long years of migration. The films also show how health care services make an impact on the health of migrants.

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