OWINGS - Nearly 150 leaders from across Maryland filled the Mt. Hope Community Center in Owings on the afternoon of Jan. 15 for the community interfaith dialogue: “Compassion for Our Neighbor: Standing with Refugees Here and Abroad.”
The event featured expert panelists, faith leaders, and round-table dialogues about the international and Maryland-specific situation of refugees and immigrants and today’s needed community response.
One panelist, Casey Leyva, the Associate Director of Resettlement for World Relief, shared the gravitas of the international situation: “In 2015 alone, 65.3 million people were forcibly displaced from their homes, the equivalent of 24 people during every minute of every day.
"This is the most number of people displaced since World War II. Only the most vulnerable refugees are eligible for resettlement in another country, and the United Nations, not the individual, decides where the refugees will be settled.”