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Saw Gary: I’m a refugee and I’m proud to be American

During June, which is World Refugee Month, I challenge you to listen in order to understand, no matter what you might already think about refugees. They are just like you, just like me, just like all of us.

Unity in the Community marks its 16th year

The dance troupe milled around a stage entrance behind 23-year-old Saw Gary in their traditional colors of red, white and blue. The troupe was not an American-style dance group. Its members are Karen, an ethnic minority from the Southeast Asian country of Myanmar, formerly called Burma. Gary and the dancers are refugees. On Saturday it was his role to introduce the troupe for a traditional New Year’s Eve dance at Unity in the Community, the largest multicultural event in the Inland Northwest.