Neighborhood Narratives

Dated: 06/27/2017

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June 27th, 2017

The Boise Public Library is honoring the diversity of our favorite series through a new program: “Neighbor Narratives.”

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Join the Boise Public Library and Idaho Office for Refugees for three nights this week to hear from various storytellers over the hour-long event.

“The Idaho Office for Refugees does a phenomenal job sharing the many faces and stories of our community,” Librarian Renee Addington, who helped organize the event, says. “This is a great opportunity for Boise residents to cross boundaries and learn from the experiences of our new neighbors.”

“Neighbor Narratives” kicks off tonight, June 27th, at the Library! at Bown Crossing. You can catch it Wednesday, June 28th, at the Main Library, and on Thursday, June 29th, at the Library! at Hillcrest. All three events will be an hourlong and are free to the public. No prior registration is required.

There will be about 10 speakers at “Neighbor Narratives,” hailing from countries such as Somalia, Bosnia, Iraq, Afghanistan, Congo, Kenya, and Ethiopia.

Boise has a long history of welcoming refugees to its city. The Indochinese Refugee Assistance Program began in 1975 and initially focused on refugees fleeing Southeast Asia. The refugee population has evolved over the years according to what events are happening across the world. The Cold War in the 1980s resulted in refugees from the Soviet Union and surrounding countries, such as Poland, moving to the City of Trees.

In the 1990s, the city welcomed more than 5,000 refugees, with over half fleeing the civil war in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Currently, the majority of refugees that find a new home in Boise are coming from the Africa continent, with over half of the refugees settling in 2016 having left Congo.

You can learn more about the “Neighbor Narratives” event by clicking here.

Janet Jameyson

Janet received her Computer Engineering degree in her home state of Michigan. She misses fireflies and thunderstorms but since 1996 has called Boise her real home. She is a foodie who likes scary movi....

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