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Save the Date: World Refugee Day - June 20, 2012
May 30, 2012 by The IRC
|Ismail Arafat and Safirah Omar's refugee journey began in 2003 when they left their conflict-ridden native country of Myanmar for neighboring Thailand. The IRC helped the young couple resettle in the United States with their baby daughter. "Life is good here," Ismail says of the family's new life in Salt Lake City, Utah. Photo: Peter Biro/IRC|
On June 20, 2012 the International Rescue Committee (IRC) will join the United Nations in its annual salute to the courage of refugees, World Refugee Day.
IRC offices across the United States and around the world are marking World Refugee Day with a variety of events throughout the month of June. Here's a sampling:
Join Our World Refugee Day Events
The IRC in Atlanta is looking for volunteers to help out with a World Refugee awareness event that will include food and entertainment.
Baltimore: June 22 - World Refugee Day Celebration
Foods from around the world, short documentary films, and performances by Bhutanese and Ghanaian drumming groups and a traditional Middle Eastern music ensemble.
Salt Lake City: Throughout June - Utah Refugee Month
The Utah Refugee Coalition and partners including the IRC have planned a month-long celebration filled with activities to recognize refugees who have made their home in Utah.
Seattle: June 21 - Refugee Artvocacy
The IRC in Seattle's seventh annual Artvocacy event will spotlight the work of refugee artists and offer the public an opportunity to learn more about refugee issues and experiences.
Sponsored by the IRC in Tucson, the fourth annual Tucson World RefugeeFEST will feature live performances and art from refugees around the world, as well as educational booths, ethnic food, children’s activities, a soccer tournament amd a ceremony celebrating refugees who have attained U.S. citizenship.
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