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World Refugee Day marked in Waterford

Sharing their stories on World Refugee Day, 20th June 2014
Sharing their stories on World Refugee Day, 20th June 2014

Date: 24 Jun 2014

The Integration & Support Unit (ISU) at Mount Sion in Waterford marked World Refugee Day on June 20th with a special presentation at Ardkeen Library in which refugees told their own stories. There was also a display highlighting services available to refugees.
"The goal of the presentation was to raise people's awareness of the plight of refugees here on our own doorstep and to provide some background stories of the experiences of refugees when they are forced to flee their own country for reasons of persecution," said ISU Director, Br Kevin Mascarenhas.
Check out more images from the event in the Photo Gallery section of our website.

ISU World Refugee Day June 2014 display2"The ISU's FETAC Level 5 Community Development learners took on this challenge as one of their module assignments and definitely benefitted from sharing their stories with the wider public on this occasion," he added. "The questions and answers sessions was very interesting and involved everyone in attendance. 
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Photo (left): Display unit detailing services available at the Integration and Support Unit in Waterford.
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"This group of learners are forging the way ahead for those who wish to follow in their wake as they are very focussed on representing themselves in local community development structures. Their ambition is to now provide a series of similar information sharing events across other neighbourhoods in Waterford putting their study principles into practice."

Participants incuded Funmi Ganiyu, Peaceful Ncube, David Mutebe, Redmeige Yembet, Shayan Khan, Domani Camara, Jamal Alnaby, & Sunday Olaleye.
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"We are very grateful to all who participated and who showed courage in sharing their experiences. They are moving on from the adversity that they have faced in the past," Br Kevin said.

Congratulations to Casey O' Connor & Katie Krommenhoek from the ISU who initiated this process and to Sinead Cummins in Ardkeen Library for highlighting and facilitating this event with their own displays.