Cross-Cultural Refugee Panel

November 28, 2017 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Murphy-Wilmot Branch Library
530 N Wilmot Rd
Tucson, AZ 85711
Refugee Resettlement Lecture Series: Cross-Cultural Refugee Panel

Tuesday, November 28, 2017 (5:30PM – 7:00PM)

Murphy-Wilmot Library


Learn about refugees from refugees. Individuals who came to Tucson as refugees will discuss their resettlement experience and will provide an overview of their cultures to members of the Tucson community.

Presented by International Rescue Committee in Tucson.

6 part lecture series sponsored by IRC:  Next dates are Dec. 12, Jan. 30, Feb. 27 and March 27, 2018.

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  1. About 20 people at Wilmot library to first view video by IRC of refugee resettlement, the waiting process, orientation in America before becoming US Citizens. IRC works in 28 US cities including Tucson. Four panelists (two from Rwanda, one Lost Boy from Sudan, one ex-military interpreter from Afghanistan) all spoke of their traumatic circumstances fleeing their country of birth; what questions were they asked upon arrival; who helped them along the way; first impressions of US/Tucson;and what would they want to tell us about refugees. These were harrowing stories of genocide in Rwanda, tribal warfare and instability in Sudan, Taliban threats in Afghanistan; life in several refugee camps in Africa; the difficulties of assimilation and culture shock in America, yet making Tucson their new home was rewarding as they seek a better life. Audience questions were “Are you glad you got placed here? Do they have mentor families here? IRC moderators said that there are 65 M displaced people in the world now, 21 M are refugees, 800,000 asylum seekers to US. Next IRC session for this series on Dec. 12, same library. The woman from Rwanda asked that children be educated to accept refugees and to understand why they sought to come to US., and said that refugees really need the community’s support.

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