Samay Restrepo performs a traditional Colombian dance with her mother and other family members and friends.
Joe’l Bulambo and other young people perform on stage with a dance group associated with Women Refugee Care, a Providence-based organization that also serves women and youth in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Stella Carrera, coordinator of immigration and refugee services for the Diocese of Providence, speaks at Saturday’s event. To her left is Gambian refugee and founder of the Providence-based Refugee Dream Center Omar Bah, who served as master of ceremonies.
The Rhode Island refugee community celebrated World Refugee Day at Burnside Park in Providence on Saturday. The international observance, officially marked on Monday, June 20, celebrates the culture and recognizes the plight of refugees worldwide. Among the organizations participating in the event was the diocesan Office of Immigration and Refugee Services, which provides legal and other assistance to newly arrived refugees.