Rochester celebrates World Refugee Day

June 23, 2018 11:09 PM

Rochester could be seen celebrating World Refugee Day Saturday.

The organizer, a refugee himself, led other area refugees and supporters from the Liberty Pole, to City Hall, and Lake Avenue Baptist Church.

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Everyone was wearing clothes from their countries  and flying flags.

There were speeches and performances and a universal plea for understanding.

The organizer, Faziri Ndahiro said, "why they're leaving their country is not because they don't like their country, it's not that they don't love their countries, it's the issues that are forcing them to leave their countries. That's what we're trying to bring awareness to."

Ndahiro says he left the violence of Congo in 2004.

His family then took a grueling journey to a refugee camp in Uganda, and that's where his sister was killed.

Ndihiro says they didn't want to leave, they had to.

He hopes that the more people hear stories from refugees, the more acceptance they'll have.


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