Commemorate World Refugee Day 2016

Some of today’s most devastating conflicts in Syria, Iraq, Lake Chad, and many others, have caused millions of people to flee their homes and seek refuge elsewhere. For World Refugee Day 2016, discover how you can celebrate the strength and perseverance of refugees in the U.S. and Canada starting this week.

A child waves to a Slovenian Red Cross member just before the train departs for Austria. ©Thomas DWORZAK/ICRC

A child waves to a Slovenian Red Cross member just before the train departs for Austria. ©Thomas DWORZAK/ICRC

In Washington, DC:

  • June 20: Live in Concert - Guatemalan singer-songwriter and Latin Grammy-winning artist, Gaby Moreno at the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage
  • June 23: Premeire of "After Spring" - Documentary which follows residents of the Zataari Refugee Camp in Jordan, home to many Syrians fleeing the brutal civil war

In New York, NY:

In Baltimore, MD:

  • June 18: World Refugee Day Street Festival - Annual international family showcase, celebrating Baltimore as a home to talented refugees and immigrants. Free outdoor street festival with live music, dance performances, food, art, crafts, henna, and more.

In Canada:

  • June 1-26:  Fourth Annual Refugee Art Exhibition - featuring community artists on the theme “Waterloo Region Celebrates Refugees” at THEMUSEUM, 10 King Street W, Kitchener, Ontario. 
  • June 18: Film Screening of "Salam Neighbor" - Immerse into the life of a Syrian refugee through the journey of Chris and Zach, the first filmmakers allowed to be registered and given a tent inside a refugee camp. Central Kitchener Public Library, 85 Queen St N, Kitchener, Ontario

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