World Refugee Day is recognized by the United Nations as an important day to remember the challenges and celebrate the triumphs of refugees around the world.
The FM Area has recognized World Refugee day on June 20th in various ways since the 2000 UN resolution and the Consortium hosted its first celebration in 2016.
2016 Event – Peace, Hospitality, and Unity
The New American Consortium hosted the 2016 event with reflections from community members and a potluck at the Lindenwood Park Main Shelter on June 20th. Our theme for this year was Peace, Hospitality, and Unity. The program kicked off with Christian, Muslim, Buddhist, Baha’i, and Jewish prayers from representatives of the Center for Interfaith Projects. There was a reflection on our theme from Abendego Thomas, a pastor at the First African United Methodist Church, who came to Fargo as a refugee from Liberia. He shared his own story and the importance of helping New Americans. We also had a reflection by Barry Nelson from the ND Human Rights Coalition who discussed the Universal Declaration of Human Rights signed by the United Nations in 1948 and its relevance to refugees today. Our live music was provided by the talented Ricot Aladin. We had over 50 people in attendance and a large table filled with food people brought to share. Read more about the 2016 celebrations here.
We thank everyone in the community who took time out of their day to attend and reflect on the tragedies and triumphs of the millions of refugees all over the world. To get involved with the Consortium and learn more about future events, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or check out our Facebook page for program updates.