More than 600 people attended the World Refugee Day Event, held at the Museum of Photographic Arts on Sunday, June 19th. The event highlighted the contributions refugees make to their new communities in San Diego and across the country. During panel discussions, several Crawford High School students accompanied photographers Bear Guerra and Sam Hodgson on stage where they shared their experiences of migration and resettlement with the audience. The AjA Project presented a multimedia installation in the museum’s atrium that depicted students’ experiences of resettlement, acculturation and displacement. The event also included the screening of “Where We Live”, a documentary film by Fady Hadid, and traditional signing and dancing by local refugees. During the reception, participants enjoyed food prepared by a variety of refugee owned restaurants and catering businesses. Councilmember Marti Emerald attended the event, along with Councilmember Todd Gloria, who proclaimed the day “San Diego Refugee Day”.
Photo courtesy of The AjA Project