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Mercy Center hosts ‘Welcoming the Stranger: The Reality of Refugees in Rhode Island’ on April 5

NEWPORT, R.I. (March 30, 2017) – As the issues of immigration and refugees continue to be debated in the United States, the Mercy Center for Spiritual Life at Salve Regina is welcoming members of the university community to a program featuring three speakers who will share their personal stories about these issues.
Shukuru Mugwa, Ahmed Aden Mohamud and Uma Chapagain will share their stories on Wednesday, April 5 from 5:30-7 p.m.  Seating is limited. Those wishing to attend the program (dinner included), should email the Mercy Center at 341-2326.
Mugwa is a Congolese refugee who has been in the United States for three years. Before coming to Rhode Island, he spent 11 years in a refugee camp in Namibia. Mugwa is very active in the Rhode Island refugee community, helping refugees to adapt and integrate into American society.
Mohamud is a Somalian refugee who has been in the United States since August. He is the case manager at the Refugee Dream Center in Providence and works extensively in the refugee community.
Chapagain is a senior at Salve Regina. She came to the United States from Nepal seven years ago and will graduate in May with a degree in nursing.
Dr. Chad Raymond, associate professor and chairman of the political science department, will also speak.