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Queen City community to celebrate U.N. World Refugee Day today

June 19. 2013 9:23PM

MANCHESTER — The International Institute in New Hampshire and its community partners announce a celebration of U.N. World Refugee Day in the Queen City.

This event will take place today at the William B. Cashin Senior Activity Center from 5 to 7 p.m. and is expected to draw 300 attendees from the greater Manchester area.

World Refugee Day was established by the United Nations to honor the courage, strength and determination of women, men and children who are forced to flee their homes under threat of persecution, conflict and violence.

The Queen City will unite with communities around the world to commemorate World Refugee Day with international food, music, dance and cultural performances.

The event will feature a photographic slideshow by Beck Fields of Field Work Photos, speeches by refugees from the Manchester community, a cultural attire show, a traditional Bhutanese dance, and Swahili singing.

Refugee community members will provide international food to accompany the event.

“We’re excited to bring together and celebrate all the cultures that make Manchester so diverse. The refugee community looks forward to sharing their traditions with the entire Manchester community,” said Nasir Arush, site director of the International Institute of New Hampshire.

World Refugee Day in Manchester is made possible by partnerships with organizations including Holy Cross Family Learning Center, Iraqi Social Services, Bhutanese Community of New Hampshire, Organization for Refugee and Immigrant Success, Field Work Photos, Arab American Forum, English for New Americans, NH Catholic Charities, NH Alliance for Immigrants and Refugees and Women for Women.

The event is also sponsored by the Shirley Brulotte Fund, which was founded in her memory and plays an essential role in improving the lives of new Americans in New Hampshire.

The International Institute of New England, a non-profit agency, invests in the strength and determination of new Americans and helps them create a solid foundation today for a brighter and more successful tomorrow.

For more information call 647–1500 or visit .

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