NILE SISTERS PRESENTS “REFUGEE CRISIS: SPOTLIGHT ON SOUTH SUDAN” SEPT. 28

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East County News Service

September 22, 2017 (San Diego) -- On September 28, 2017, Nile Sisters Development Initiative (NSDI) will host "Refugee Crisis: Spotlight on South Sudan," an event featuring an informative panel of South Sudanese leaders and key stakeholders. The panelists will discuss the founding of Republic of South Sudan (ROSS), concerns over ballooning populations of refugees and internally displaced people (IDPs), as well as the responses by international, national, and local entities.  Confirmed panelists include former Governor of Western Equatoria, Honorable Bangasi Joseph Bakosoro and the Chairman and CEO of an international development firm, Dr. David S. Bassiouni.

The South Sudan refugee crisis is the world’s fastest-growing yet least talked about population emergency. An estimated 3,500 refugees from Sudan, Darfur and South Sudan reside in the San Diego region, a key resettlement area for the Lost Boys of Sudan in the early 2000s and current home to around 98 Lost Boys. Elizabeth Lou, NSDI President/CEO notes that global refugee concerns are of interest to San Diego. “The County of San Diego is the largest refugee resettlement site in the State of California; the world is at our door.”

Who: Nile Sisters Development Initiative

What: Refugee Crisis: Spotlight on South Sudan

Where: The San Diego Foundation, Raymond Executive Board Room

When: Thursday, September 28, 2017 – 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM

Invitation: Open to the community; parental discretion advised

Admission: Free of charge

Additional event details: www.nilesisters.org.

About Nile Sisters Development Initiative

Founded in 2001, Nile Sisters Development Initiative (NSDI) is a community-based organization that provides vital services to refugees and immigrants and seeks to establish a well-integrated, productive, and vital refugee/immigrant community in San Diego County. The NSDI mission is to educate, support and offer training to refugee and immigrant women and their families to help them overcome barriers to social and economic self-reliance. NSDI assists refugees and immigrants to assimilate a new language, customs, and systems that are inherent to the American way of life.