Chicago Hosts World Refugee Day Celebrations
The United Nations declared every June 20th as World Refugee Day to “commemorate the strength, courage and perseverance of millions of refugees”. The City of Chicago, a leader in supporting and celebrating refugees, will hold celebrations at Daley Plaza and Foster Beach. We’ll talk with two Chicagoans about their personal journeys to America as refugees, and their big plans for the Chicago celebrations. Paw Say Ku is a former refugee from Burma and Thailand. He was resettled in Chicago through Heartland Alliance. She now works for heartland as coordinator lead in its youth substance abuse prevention program. Joining her is Abdul Jabbar Amanullah, a refugee and ethnic Rohingya, He resettled in Chicago through Refugee One in 2012. He’s currently working with Pan African Association as case manager and language interpreter. Amanullah is also an advisor to the Rohingya Culture Center in Chicago.