Durham establishes May 6 as 'Durham Refugee Day'
Posted May 6
Durham, N.C. — Durham city leaders teamed up with local organizations to establish May 6 as "Durham Refugee Day."
The day was marked with a celebration Saturday at Durham Central Park.
Many in attendance said the event also had a serious undertone.
President Donald Trump has twice attempted to implement a controversial travel ban and suspend the refugee program.
Organizer and refugee Lenny Ndayisba said before he was forced to leave The Congo, his family had a very comfortable life.
"What I think people misunderstand is the way people think about refugees," Ndayisba said. "When they think about them, they think about violent people."
The celebration included music, food, games and community education.
"It's a day where refugees feel more welcome," Ndayisba said. "We feel a part of the Durham population."
Ndayisba said he remembers the hardships.
"We spent nearly 18 years in refugee camps. Life was very hard," he said.
He wants people to know that refugees do not choose their situation.
"Everybody loves his country, his place," he said. "Nobody wants to leave his country or his place."
Donations from the event went to Durham's Church World Services and World Relief.