6/15 – ajc.com – Local groups hold event to observe World Refugee Day | ajc.com

Local groups hold event to observe World Refugee Day  | ajc.com.

 

DeKalb County News 5:40 p.m. Wednesday, June 15, 2011

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Atlanta’s newcomers  arrive  from  many nations, including  Somalia, Bosnia, Vietnam and Iraq.

They arrive here from refugee camps after fleeing wars and religious and ethnic  persecution.

On Friday they will come together to celebrate World Refugee Day with multi-cultural food, music and entertainment. Metro residents can learn about the local refugee communities and how to develop stronger relationships with their new neighbors. The theme of  the event is “Building Bridges.”

The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Clarkston Community Center, 3701 College Ave. in Clarkston.

Georgia is home to at least 60,000 refugees, according to the International Rescue Committee.

A coalition of several groups and agencies that work with refugees are sponsoring the event. Those groups include Refugee Family Services, the Center for Pan Asian Community Services and World Relief .

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