Omar Bah had to flee his home country of Gambia after facing persecution for exposing his country’s oppressive regime through his journalism. Now, however, he is able to raise his voice in favor of justice without fear of retaliation, and he is traveling to Washington, D.C. to advocate for the rights of migrants and refugees worldwide. We are so pleased that the Providence Journal is sharing his story.
For the full story, please check out Karen Lee Ziner’s June 15 article “Refugee Journalist Omar Bah to Speak with Rhode Island Senators Reed, Whitehouse” and show your support by leaving a positive comment, promoting the piece via Facebook and other social media, and sending the link to your friends, colleagues, and family.
Bah will take his story to Washington Thursday, urging his senators to keep up the fight for immigration reform that includes “a robust U.S. refugee resettlement program.”
The group’s message: lawmakers should support comprehensive immigration reform “with better protections for refugees and other vulnerable people fleeing persecution.”
Bah says he wants to help “in my capacity as an ‘expert through experience,’ ” by underscoring the tough challenges refugees face, “including limitations in cultural orientation, language and job skills, and traumatic situations.”
This World Refugee Day, join Omar and speak out for the rights of refugees worldwide. LIRS offers many resources. For starters, please stand with refugees by raising your voice today through our Action Center! You can also get your congregation involved by signing up for our free World Refugee Day kit, or honor our refugee leaders by attending our Walk of Courage Award Dinner. Tickets are available here.
Thank you, and keep standing for welcome!