DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Welcome Dayton held a celebration Thursday to honor and recognize World Refugee Day.
The event took place at St. John’s United Church of Christ (515 E. Third St.)
The celebration included performances by refugee groups, food of different countries and cultures, a multi-cultural fashion show, storytelling by refugees, resource information, and a raffle.
“I’m proud that we’re a welcoming city and the city allows us to do this, and there are so many communities here from different countries that are willing to share their culture and their stories with us,” said Welcome Dayton coordinator Monica Harris.
World Refugee Day was established by the United Nations as an annual celebration honoring the courage, strength, and determination of women. men, and children who are forced to flee their homes under threat of persecution, conflict, and violence.
Dayton’s largest refugee group in the last few years has come from the Democratic Republic of the Congo.