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A special thanks to Ricardo Bennett for documenting and creating this wonderful video of the 2012 Twin Cities World Refugee Day, held on June 16th at Minnehaha Park. Hundreds came to celebrate diversity and learn about refugee communities.

Twin Cities World Refugee Day┬áCelebration is a locally organized festival that celebrates the more than 100,000 refugees living in Minnesota and┬áthe diversity of cultures, experiences and assets they bring to our community. The purpose of World Refugee Day is to give voice to refugee stories, honor their lives and raise awareness of the millions of refugees in the world who have been forced to flee their homes. The annual event is held each year in June by a collaboration of resettlement agencies, community based organizations, for-profit entities and ordinary citizens to recognize refugees’ journeys to their new homes through celebration and education.