Monday, June 21, 2010

No Longer Refugees

Sunday was World Refugee Day. World Refugee Day has been observed since 2001, when the United Nations General Assembly noted that 2001 marked the 50th anniversary of the 1951 Convention relating to the Status of Refugees, and that the Organization of African Unity (OAU) had agreed to have International Refugee Day coincide with Africa Refugee Day on 20 June. 

In Phoenix, the International Rescue Committee marked the day by sponsoring a naturalization ceremony for 10 former refugees. The new citizens came from Africa and Europe. 

There are more photos from the World Refugee Day naturalization ceremony (andother naturalization ceremonies) in my photo archive or available from ZUMA Press