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{Join us June 20th for a World Refugee Day Event!}

Join us June 20th for a World Refugee Day Event!

Urban Refugees in Africa

World Refugee Day is a global celebration that is held annually to honor the courage and struggles of the more than 15 million people worldwide displaced by war and persecution. Each year, Maine welcomes refugees from war-­‐torn countries and helps them to rebuild their lives in safety.


This year, on Friday, June 20th, renowned inaugural poet and Maine resident Richard Blanco will deliver an address at a World Refugee Day event scheduled for 4pm at Congress Square Park in Portland.


Following the celebration, Salt Institute will host a special reception featuring their newest collection “In the Shadows: Urban Refugee Children in Africa” by National Geographic photographer and Salt alum Amy Toensing. The reception will begin at 6pm. Both events are free and open to the public.