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Clare joins UN refugee reading initiative

Libraries across Clare are joining forces this month to support the UN Refugee Agency’s book-reading campaign. The initiative, run for two weeks in June to mark World Refugee Day on June 20, will allow children and adults to explore the devastating impact of war on families by reading books that highlight refugee issues.

“With the world facing the worst refugee crisis since World War II, there had never been a better time for people to learn the reasons that force people to flee their homes” said Sophie Magennis, Head of Office with UNHCR Ireland.

“Reading a book reminds us of the great contribution refugees make to the countries that offer them protection worldwide, including Ireland who will be resettling 90 Syrian refugees this year. This is a fantastic opportunity for people across Clare to learn about refugee issues worldwide”.

Participating libraries across the county can advise on what books are written about refugees. Popular titles include The Kite Runner,  which documents the boyhood friendship of two friends in Afghanistan and The Go-Away Bird, a first-hand account of the Rwandan Genocide by a 12- year-old refugee. There is a free UNHCR bookmark with each title borrowed.

The book-reading campaign will be taking place in libraries across County Clara and nationwide from 16-28 June. A range of events will be taking place to mark World Refugee Day 2014. For a full list of events, visit: http://www.unhcr.ie/

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