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World Refugee Day

If you’re like us, you enjoy a good reason to celebrate.

Today, there are plenty of reasons to despair: conflict in Sudan, earthquakes in Turkey and Syria. These things and more have resulted in the largest displacement crisis in modern history.

We know this breaks your heart. We feel it too! But we can't get stuck. We must dig deep, find joy and celebrate with welcome. Today, you can celebrate with us by taking action.

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“To be a refugee is not an easy thing. It’s just a thing you have to do to pray to God. God helped me because I became strong and fight for the kids to grow up…in a safer place.”

— Goreth from DR Congo


Since the 1970s, World Relief has been welcoming refugees to the U.S., fostering a spirit of mutual transformation as together, we mourn the disruptions of displacement and rejoice with one another, celebrating new beginnings and new friendships.

While the problem of displacement may feel big, we can embody a spirit of welcome and make a difference in the lives of those who have been displaced.

“Through partnering with WRD, I have gained a much greater awareness of the challenges that refugees face upon arrival in their new 'home' country.  We all have a role to play in making life on earth a little more like the Kingdom of God.”

— Alison L., World Relief Durham Volunteer

On World Refugee Day, we want you to join us as we:



Intercede on behalf of refugees and displaced people around the world.
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Help us respond to the needs of refugees and address the root causes of displacement.

“Seeing smiling, welcoming faces was one of the best things when coming to the United States.”

— Hawraa, former refugee from Iraq

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Location: Durham Central Park, Farmers Market Pavilion
Time: 3:00-6:00 PM
Date: Saturday, July 8
This is a FREE family-friendly event with live music, community education booths, activities for kids, and food vendors from around the world! Durham Refugee Day is a community-wide event that celebrates the contributions and cultures of our refugee and immigrant neighbors and provides an opportunity to stand in solidarity with these communities.


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