Washington, DC Event Features Art and Stories from Refugee Youth

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Refugee youth from Burma working on art.
Refugee youth from Burma working on art.

We are fortunate to have strong partners who stand for welcome beside us and lift up the courageous voices of migrants and refugees.

LIRS has partnered with Lutheran Social Services/National Capital Area (LSS/NCA) for a unique event to raise these stories. Titled Refugee Voices and Visions, the event will feature artwork by refugee youth from Burma who have sought safety in Thai refugee camps. Adding depth and perspective to the images, youth from Burma who are now rebuilding their lives here in the United States will share their personal journey, from fleeing Burma, to their existence in refugee camps, to now, finding their new lives in the United States.

The event will include a question and answer panel discussion with Erika Berg, author of the new book, Forced to Flee: Visual Stories by Refugee Youth from Burma, Melissa Graves, LIRS board member and CEO of LSS-NCA, and Joseph Lewis, a resettled refugee from Liberia. Joseph is a Lutheran and a Washington DC Metropolitan police officer.

Refugee Voices and Visions will be held in Washington, DC, on April 15 from 10:30am to 12:00pm at the Lutheran Church of the Reformation. The Lutheran Church of the Reformation is located at 212 East Capitol Street, NE, Washington, DC 20003. The event will be hosted in the Parish Hall.

Please help promote the event to your area network! For more information and to RSVP, please contact Juliet Sohns at jsohns@lirs.org or by phone at 202-626-7948.

Photo credit: Erika Berg

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