An event celebrating refugees in Bowling Green will feature some new faces and voices this year. Up to 10 high school students will take the stage Saturday at World Refugee Day.
The students are from Geo International, a four year high school serving about 180 students from 25 different countries. Most of the students are refugees, or children of refugees. Several of the students will go on stage and share their personal stories.
Zaid Ali graduated from Geo this year, and is native of Iraq. He said he decided to participate for the first time because he has a message he wants to share.
“There’s only one race on the planet earth and that’s the human race. The color of the pigment in our body doesn’t determine if someone’s smart or intelligent or anything,” Ali said.
Ali wants to use his story to encourage people to be unified and avoid segregating themselves. He says the event is about refugees celebrating their culture and being in a safe place.
“Although I have faced many adversities in my life, I’m glad I’m here and I’m going to make the best out of it and I’m going to help in some way,” he said.
Organizers at the International Center of Kentucky said this year’s event has more sponsors than ever before. They said that’s likely because of their increased outreach. The event is at Lampkin Park in Bowling Green on Saturday from 11am to 3pm.