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Neighbor Narratives

Wednesday, Sept. 11, Boise Public Library-Hillcrest Branch

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Refugees have much to share. Many come from war-torn or impoverished countries, are forced to learn a new language and adjust to the cultural norms of their new homes. To share these experiences, Boise's Refugee Speakers Bureau hosts talks with current and former refugees who share their stories with audiences around the Treasure Valley for free. Refugees have a storied history in Idaho. In 1975, Gov. John Evans began to bring in refugees from Southeast Asia. In the 1980s that expanded to refugees from Eastern Europe. During the 1990s, Boise settled more than 5,000 refugees from communities around the world. While the influx of refugees in Boise has slowed in recent years, Boise's refugee community is still thriving.

6:30 p.m. FREE. Boise Public Library-Hillcrest Branch, 5246 W. Overland Road, Boise, idahorefugees.org.

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