World Refugee Day

June 20th was World Refugee day and in honor of this CRIS put on a small festival to commemorate this day and celebrate the diverse refugee cultures represented both in Columbus and throughout the world. The event was full of ethnic foods from different refugee cultures and music from their respective areas, and of course, a friendly pick up game of miniature soccer on the Columbus Humanities Arts and Technology Academy’s front lawn. One of the recently resettled Iraqi refugees was a painter who lived in Italy for 23 years. He brought some of the artwork he was able to carry with him before resettling in Columbus to the festival. The artist’s work focuses around the experiences of refugees internally and externally displaced with an emphasis on his own experience in Iraq and Syria. He has had work commissioned by the UNHCR when he was living in Syria. Hopefully CRIS or someone can help this painter get his artwork recognized and maybe he could be commissioned to a piece within Columbus.ImageImageImage





Image Zafia’s painting was not as symbolic as some of the other works displayed.

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