Our mission is to help refugees make the transition from "harm to home." To that end, we actively collaborate with other resettlement agencies. The IRC in Sacramento, along with four resettlement agencies, joined forces to host World Refugee Day at Papa Murphy's Park this year. Amidst the carnival festivities was a refugee soccer tournament. Coined as Sacramento's own "World Cup," refugees from countries such as Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq formed teams for some friendly competition.
Watching from the sidelines was Khalil, who has been a World Relief Sacramento caseworker for three years. Khalil said, "the most important thing is to take care and welcome our refugees so they can live in peace." World Refugee Day is here to remind us that every day, refugees come to the U.S. to start new lives and we all have a role to make refugees feel welcome.
Shariff, a participant in the soccer tournament, moved from Afghanistan in 2015. He said, "when you move to a new country you start from zero...I'm grateful for the IRC and other organizations that make immigrant lives easier."