Kansas Citians organize World Refugee Day event - KCTV5

Kansas Citians organize World Refugee Day event

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A man helping to organize the event spoke to KCTV5 News on Friday. (KCTV) A man helping to organize the event spoke to KCTV5 News on Friday. (KCTV)
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

World Refugee Day, a worldwide movement from the United Nations, will have a presence in Kansas City this weekend.

Local organizers of an event for World Refugee Day hope everyone participates. 

“Kansas City is a place where all refugees, immigrants are welcome,” said Martin Okpareke, World Refugee Day volunteer

Since 2004, the Jewish Vocational Service Center has helped resettle more than 5,000 refugees.

This weekend they want to showcase all the different cultures that have helped make Kansas City so diverse. 

“A lot of Burmese, Nepalese, and Syrians and Afghanis, so it’s been diversified much more than it used to be,” Okpareke said.

Okpareke, who’s helping organize the event, hopes other cities -- and even countries around the world -- look to Kansas City as an example of how welcoming communities should be.

He says they’re expecting more than 800 people come out for World Refugee Day.

The event is free and it kicks off Saturday at the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences’ Ricci Auditorium. 

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