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Vigil set for refugees, children
Bulloch joining national event Friday at courthouse
immigrants
In this Feb.19 file photo, children line up to enter a tent at the Homestead Temporary Shelter for Unaccompanied Children in Homestead, Fla. A vigil planned for Friday night in Statesboro to bring awareness to refugees, children and overcrowded conditions at the country’s refugee camps is part of a nationwide effort that encompasses more than 550 cities. - photo by Associated Press

A vigil planned for Friday night in Statesboro to bring awareness to refugees, children and overcrowded conditions at the country’s refugee camps is part of a nationwide effort that encompasses more than 550 cities.

The nonpartisan, peaceful gathering is set for 9 to 10 p.m. Friday on the Bulloch County Courthouse lawn, said organizer Cynthia Stewart.

“We are very excited about this and it is important to get the word out,” she said.

Across the nation, people have expressed concern over crowded conditions at the refugee camps near the Mexico-US border, where hundreds of thousands of people who crossed the border, some illegally, some seeking asylum, are being detained.

Opinions about the issue vary between Democrats and Republicans, liberals and conservatives, but Stewart stressed that the local vigil is not to be a political discussion, but an effort to shed light on the issue.

“You read these things (reports on refugee camp conditions) and want to know what you can do,” she said. ”We all feel helpless and want to do something.”

Stewart saw a mention on social media about a vigil planned in Ithaca, N.Y., that “sounded interesting,” she said. Further research led her to the Lights for Liberty movement (www.lightsforliberty.org), which is a grassroots effort to seek help for the adult and children refugees being held in overcrowded camps.

Eduardo Delgado will serve as facilitator for the vigil.

“This is just to pay respect to the children in detention centers, separated from their families,” he said, reiterating, again, that the Statesboro event will be nonpartisan. “We are hoping we can bring people from both sides of the issue.”
Also, the vigil is to remember those whose lives have been lost in their quest to come to the United States, albeit often illegally, he said.

The vigil will be held providing the weather permits, Stewart said. Everyone is invited to attend.

Information about Lights for Liberty can also be found on its Facebook page.

 

Herald reporter Holli Deal Saxon may be reached at (912) 489-9414.