Intersections at The Kennedy Center for World Refugee Day

Intersections led World Refugee Day events in Washington, D.C. with a performance of No Place Called Home at The Kennedy Center. No Place Called Home is a play commissioned by Intersections that looks at the stories of almost 5 million Iraqi nationals who have been displaced since 2003, amounting to the most underreported humanitarian crises in recent history.  It is written and performed by Kim Schultz, a New York-based actor and writer who traveled to Lebanon, Jordan and Syria with Intersections to meet Iraqi refugees and hear their stories first-hand. Music is by Amikaelya Gaston and the play is directed by Sarah Cameron Sunde. The full-capacity crowd reacted to the performance with an enthusiastic show of support.

"I was thrilled when the audience erupted in a roar over Kim's personal story and then quickly fell into intense focus hearing about the devastation Iraqi refugees have endured. Hosting No Placed Called Home, produced by Intersections International, was one of the highlights of our World Refugee Day events in Washington D.C.," Charity Tooze, Senior Spokesperson and Communication Officer UNHCR (United Nations High Commission on Refugees), stated.

In 2008, Intersections initiated a commitment to advocate for national and international support of the refugees and to keep it on the agenda of American policy makers. Intersections has engaged an ongoing conversation around the issue with Iraqi refugees, international organizations, and  the public at large, so it was fitting that C. Eduardo Vargas, Intersections’ Director of Advocacy and Public Policy/Representative to the United Nations, led a rich discussion with the audience after the play to help people process what they had learned. Such dialogue is a trademark of Intersections’ work in international peacemaking, and across all our programs.

“Using the arts as a tool to amplify the voices of Iraqi refugees—in Washington on World Refugee Day— is a great testament to the cultural diplomacy efforts that Intersections is undertaking to help raise awareness of this forgotten issue,” Vargas said.