Refugees are ordinary people caught in an extraordinary situation. Learn about the transition faced by refugees who arrive in our state each year to find a safe haven on Thursday, Nov. 9, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Lawrence Memorial Library in Bristol. The presentation, “First Welcome for Refugees: Laying Solid Foundations for Renewed Lives in the U.S.,” is the latest installment of the One World Library Project and is supported in part by the Vermont Humanities Council.
Laurie Stavrand, Community Partnership Coordinator of the USCRI Vermont, will discuss what the organization does to help refugees transition to life in Vermont, touching on USCRI’s work, the challenges and strengths of refugee communities, the rights and responsibilities of refugees who arrive in our state, and the ways in which community members can support USCRI’s work.
As a highlight of the evening, Aden Haji, a member of the first Somali Bantu family to resettle in Vermont, will discuss the importance of sharing stories. Haji emphasizes that “storytelling has a huge impact on my journey as a community leader.” The audience will also view videotaped recordings of three former refugees who resettled in Vermont from Somali Bantu, Bhutanese and Bosnian cultures.
For more information on this event or about One World Library Project, contact the Lawrence Memorial Library at 802-453-2366, OneWorldLibraryProject.org or the One World Library Project Facebook page.
It is open to the public and accessible to those with disabilities.
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