April 27, May 24, & June 29
A Speaker Series presented in partnership with the Center for Holocaust & Humanity Education and RefugeeConnect
Doors open at 6:30 p.m. • Event Begins at 7:00 p.m. on each date
Greater Cincinnati has a long history as a refugee resettlement community, beginning with welcoming Holocaust survivors. Currently, approximately 25,000 refugees call Greater Cincinnati home.
Hear the stories of three survivors. Each event in the series is free-of-charge, but tickets are required. Questions, email or call 513.487.3055.
April 27th Bosnia: Hear the first-hand account of a Bosnian refugee who was ten years old when the Serbian army confiscated her family’s possessions, bombed their home, and transported them to concentration camps. While her father died in the camps, she and her mother managed to flee the country and begin their long refugee journey, which eventually led them to their new home in the Tri-State area. The most recent estimates suggest that around 100,000 people were killed during the Bosnian War, and over 2.2 million people displaced, making it the most devastating conflict in Europe since the end of World War II.
May 24th Burma: Participate in a dialogue with a student who escaped the hostile regime in Burma as an ten year-old child along with her two siblings. With a paid guide, they made their Burma-Thailand-Malaysia escape by car, boat, and foot, and reunited with their parents in a refugee camp where they lived as a family for two years before being granted refugee status and resettling in the U.S. Burmese residents fleeing religious and ethnic persecution have become the biggest refugee group arriving in the U.S. Many Burmese are Christians in a Buddhist majority country, and almost all are from minority ethnic groups.
June 29th Burundi: Connect with a Burundi refugee who spent much of his childhood confined to a camp with only the most basic resources before being safely resettled in the United States, and is now pursuing his education at a Cincinnati university. Hundreds of thousands of families from the central African nation of Burundi are fleeing violence, extrajudicial killings, abduction, torture, and persecution. Many Burundi refugees are children who arrive at camps unaccompanied and separated from their families.