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With Urdu poetry, Syrian sweets, Phoenix refugees share immigrant culture

Jeff Kronenfeld | Staff Writer | Posted: Thursday, July 5, 2018 10:33 am

On the evening of June 23, the Balsz Community Center in Phoenix was filled with the smell of injera bread, the colorful ensembles of Karen dancers and poetry, and rap in at least four languages. It was part of Many Voices and One Humanity, the last in a series of events held throughout the week as part of World Refugee Day Phoenix.

First celebrated in 2001, World Refugee Day was created by the U.N. to commemorate the strength, courage and perseverance of refugees. While these are challenging times for the growing number of displaced people both in the U.S. and abroad, the Phoenix event had a celebratory feel.

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