World Refugee Day is around the corner, on June 20th.
For those who have heard me speak, you well know that I take this day as seriously as my birthday. After many years without celebrating my birth date, this was the one event that I had hoped that I would celebrate, because it was organized by the UN High Commission for Refugees.
With this Wold Refugee Day being my 11th overall and second in the US, I am delighted for the fact that I never forget its value and what it meant to me 11 years ago when I was just 15 years old.
At every celebration for the past 11 years, organizers asked refugees to perform something.
And on every one of the 11 celebrations I had my part in the performance. Once I acted in a play, then it was singing, dancing, reading poems and speaking from the heart.
Today I am using my entire experience to raise awareness for refugees and on this World Refugee Day I will do just that. I will read poems from my experience, speak from the heart and act. I will be on stage until people start booing me and yelling “get off the stage!”
I will celebrate this June 20th like never before and I assure whomever will be attending or shopping in downtown Boise on June 20, this one event is going to worth your while.
This is a day I respect the most because, it’s a day that I was confident I'd eat well, sleep well and spend hours girded with happiness and joy. And since it has impacted my life entirely, I was determined to celebrate it forever.
The celebration begins at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 20 on the Boise Grove and runs until 3 p.m. If you are interested in performing or helping with the event, contact the Idaho Office for Refugees.