The Milwaukee Area Refugee Consortium (MARC) will hold its second annual Milwaukee World Refugee Day on Friday, June 20th, at Pere Marquette Park in downtown Milwaukee. The free event runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and is open to the public.
Every year the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and other civic groups around the world celebrate World Refugee Day on June 20th women and children who are forced to flee their homes under threat of persecution, conflict and violence.
The UNHCR believes even one person forced to flee their homeland is one too many. Every individual refugee matters. Each has their own story. Each has suffered and survived numerous challenges. A refugee’s safety and well-being depends on the continued generosity of those countries who have kept their borders open to refugees and on the vital efforts to deliver humanitarian assistance wherever and whenever it is necessary. Welcoming refugees is a core part of who we are as a nation. It reflects our national values.
The Milwaukee’s World Refugee Day celebration will recognize the efforts of MARC organizations that provide guidance and services to the refugees settled in our area and thank them for the opportunity to rebuild so many lives. The event will feature cultural performances and activities, music, food and guest speakers to highlight our newly arrived neighbors and the cultural diversity they bring to our city.
Milwaukee World Refugee Day is sponsored by MARC partner agencies and Wisconsin Department of Children, to honor the courage, strength and determination of the men,
For more information on Milwaukee World Refugee Day, please contact Natasa Torbica at Catholic Charities, 414-771-2881 Ext. 4126 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
In this 30 second video, UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie delivers the message: No one chooses to be a refugee