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Learn about Syrian Refugees in Greece
June 23 • 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm• Free
The Eugene Public Library is celebrating World Refugee Day in the best way possible: by educating the public what the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees has called the “biggest humanitarian emergency of our era.” Author Tod Schneider will provide an overview of the refugee crisis from the perspective of a family forced to leave their Syrian homeland in search of a safe environment. However, they get stuck in Greece since European countries have started closing their doors to refugees. Syrian refugees have been displaced because of ongoing military conflict between Assad and ISSI. Continued bombing from Turkish, Russian, and the U.S. militaries have only worsened the refugee crisis. Schneider is a writer, researcher and advocate. He was a founding partner in the Inter-professional studio for Complexity Thinking and has traveled to Greece in partnership with Lifting Hands International. “Refugee Purgatory: Escaping From Syria, Languishing in Greece,” presented in partnership with World Refugee Coalition of Lane County, starts at 4 pm Saturday, June 23, at the downtown library. FREE. — Henry Houston