Celebrating World Refugee Day

“World Refugee Day a celebration of hope”

OAKLAND — Taking a brief respite from trying times, hundreds of émigrés from across the world gathered in an Oakland park on Friday to celebrate World Refugee Day.
Iraqi refugee Sarmad Buni was among several who had arrived to the United States just days before the annual picnic at Oakland’s San Antonio Park.
“I hope I find a job, a good school for the children,” Buni said as he walked around the park. “We want to live in peace.”
Buni, his wife and their three young sons landed in the East Bay on Wednesday and are among at least 17,000 exiled Iraqis the U.S. State Department has pledged to resettle throughout the country this year. A former chauffeur for officials with the U.S. Agency for International Development, Buni decided to flee Baghdad in fall 2006 when life grew too dangerous.
The family was escorted around the park, past soccer games and an African music ensemble, by family member Wadih Badran, a San Ramon resident who has lived in the United States since 1996 and is now hosting the couple and their children at his home.
“We don’t even know where they’re going to live yet,” Badran said. “We’ll see what kind of job he can get. Maybe San Ramon, maybe Walnut Creek, maybe Oakland.”Friday marked the ninth time that local refugee aid groups have staged the festive Refugee Forum Picnic, and, as usual, participants danced, ate a diverse mix of foods, learned about educational opportunities and played soccer together. But the occasion was also full of stressful conversations about surviving in a new country during a recession. Many of the newcomers are unemployed.Read Full news in Oakland Tribune


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