Most people may not think of Boise as a common destination for refugees, but in the last year, approximately 1,200 refugees have traveled from across the world to make the City of Trees their home.
World Refugee Day started in 2001 as a United Nations initiative to raise awareness of the lives, contributions and state of affairs of refugees around the world. The international theme for World Refugee Day 2010 is "Home: They have taken my home but they can't take my future."
To further the effort and participate in an international celebration locally, the Idaho Office for Refugees has partnered with local resettlement agencies and the Capital City Market to bring a World Refugee Celebration to Boise. The celebration takes place Saturday, June 19, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the Boise Center on the Grove.
Saturday marks the third year Boise has hosted this celebration, each year bringing monumental new additions. This year that addition is a naturalization ceremony of 25 local refugees, who will be sworn in and granted U.S. citizenship rights. The event takes place at noon.
Another big attraction of this year's celebration will be 15 cultural performances by artists from all over the globe including Congo, Burma and Kenya. In addition, the Grove will be filled with more than 30 vendors displaying traditional crafts like beadwork, tablecloths, bags and clothing.
Join your neighbors as they commemorate their journeys and celebrate the future in their new home.