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Scenes From World Refugee Day In San Diego

Karen youth perform a traditional bamboo dance during the World Refugee Day festivities at Balboa Park on June 21, 2014.
Famo Musa, The AjA Project
Karen youth perform a traditional bamboo dance during the World Refugee Day festivities at Balboa Park on June 21, 2014.

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San Diego marked World Refugee Day on Saturday in Balboa Park. Organized by the San Diego Refugee Forum, the event brought together more than eight cultural groups that have resettled in San Diego, a city known as a refugee capital.

Thousands of refugees have come to San Diego in the past five years. The most recent groups to settle in San Diego are the Karen, an ethnic minority from Burma, or Myanmar, and those who fled Iraq and Iran. San Diego also has large East African and Vietnamese communities.

Featured photo's from Saturday's event were taken by young people — many of them refugees — who participate in The AjA Project, a photography nonprofit.

Here's a list of recent stories by KPBS of San Diego's refugee community:

San Diego Refugee Lobbies Congress For More Resettlement Dollars

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Muslim San Diego Residents Call For Halal School Lunches

San Diego Refugees, Advocates Call For More Medical Translators

International Rescue Committee’s David Miliband On What U.S. Can Do To Help Syrian Refugees

Chaldeans In San Diego Worry About Family Members Fleeing In Iraq

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