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World Refugee Day celebrations planned in Boise on Saturday

Aimerance Kanku, from Democratic Republic of Congo. Nineteen people from 10 countries became American citizens during the annual ceremony during World Refugee Day at Boise Centre on the Grove on Saturday, June 21, 2013, in Boise, Idaho.
Aimerance Kanku, from Democratic Republic of Congo. Nineteen people from 10 countries became American citizens during the annual ceremony during World Refugee Day at Boise Centre on the Grove on Saturday, June 21, 2013, in Boise, Idaho. kjones@idahostatesman.com

The World Refugee Day celebration will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Saturday, June 21 on the Grove Plaza in Downtown Boise.

Deputy Assistant Secretary Catherine Wiesner of the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration, will conduct a citizenship ceremony where 11 refugees from around the world will become new Americans.

Members from Boise's refugee community will also showcase their cultures through performance, dance, music and more. Items, including baskets, dolls, blankets, henna tattoos and art will be for sale. Former refugees from Uzbekistan, Somalia and Egypt will sell food on the plaza.

Since 1975, more than 13,000 refugees from 45 countries have settled in Boise. Their national origins include Burma, Bhutan, Iraq, and Somalia.

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