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Last week, Refugees International and the International Rescue Committee were co-presenters of a documentary about Iraqi refugees at the Human Rights Watch Film Festival in New York City. The Unreturned is a powerful depiction of the lives of five Iraqis as they struggle to begin again in Syria and Jordan after fleeing violence in Iraq.
The second most widely produced playwright in the world after William Shakespeare is South African Athol Fugard, who indeed has been described as the “greatest playwright writing in English since Shakespeare.” Those present on June 9 witnessed the power of his craft and his riveting personal presence at the a staged reading of “Have You Seen Us,” Mr. Fugard’s first play set in the United States. The performance at Washington D.C.’s Folger Theatre was sponsored by The Faith and Politics Institute, and featured Refugees International’s Vice Chair, Sam Waterston in the lead role.
Only weeks after Refugees International President Dan Glickman testified at a Congressional hearing in support of the Refugee Protection Act of 2010, RI co-hosted an event with UNHCR, the United Nations Refugee Agency on Capitol Hill to raise awareness of the nearly 12 million stateless individuals worldwide who face the daily nightmare of having no nationality.
Far from the traditional halls of power, Refugees International hosted our 7th annual Jackson Hole Circle event last week at the Shooting Star Ranch in Jackson, Wyoming; our most successful circle event of all time. Her Majesty Queen Noor headlined a compelling program that also featured RI Senior Advocate Elizabeth Campbell and our board chair Eileen Shields-West as the master of ceremonies.