Refugees to Share Personal Journeys at Daemen Celebration

June 3, 2014

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AMHERST, N.Y. -- Refugees who have resettled in Buffalo after fleeing violence, war and persecution in their native countries will share their inspiring stories at a World Refugee Day event scheduled from 5 to 7 p.m. June 17 in the Daemen College Wick Campus Center’s Alumni Lounge.

The event, “One Family Torn Apart by War is Too Many,” will include refugee speakers from Somalia, Burma and Iraq who will talk about their experiences of overcoming tremendous hardship to rebuild their lives in Western New York.

“Understanding the stories of refugees, including many who have endured violence or have been displaced from their home country, is important for all of us in Western New York,” said Cheryl Bird, executive director of the Daemen Center for Sustainable Communities and Civic Engagement, which is co-sponsoring the event with the History and Political Science Department. “Despite tremendous challenges, these new Americans are contributing to the growth of Buffalo through their hard work, entrepreneurship and as active participants in building our communities.”

Ethnic foods and goods from refugee business owners in Buffalo will also be available at Daemen’s World Refugee Day event, which is free and open to the public.

World Refugee Day honors the courage, strength and determination of men, women and children who have been forced to feel their homes and is dedicated to raising awareness about the plight of refugees around the world. 

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