Ricardina Simoes serves ethnic food Monday during the World Refugee Day celebration at Simard-Payne Memorial Park in Lewiston. Simoes is a senior at Lewiston High School. Daryn Slover/Sun Journal

People line up Monday to try the ethnic food dishes people made for the World Refugee Day celebration at Simard-Payne Memorial Park in Lewiston. The Lewiston Police Department estimated that 400 people attended the celebration. Daryn Slover/Sun Journal

Kendra Bowe, left, Alex Bowe, center, and Anson Beaulieu participate Monday in the World Refugee Day parade of flags at Simard-Payne Memorial Park in Lewiston. Kendra Bowe displays the American flag, Alex Bowe carries the flag of Mexico and Beaulieu walks with the flag of Puerto Rico. Daryn Slover/Sun Journal

Gov. Janet Mills, third from right, introduces Dr. Nirav Shah, director of the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention, on Monday during the World Refugee Day celebration at Simard-Payne Memorial Park in Lewiston. “The governor showed up. Dr. Shah showed up. What could be better than that?” said Fatuma Hussein, left, of the Immigrant Resource Center of Maine. Daryn Slover/Sun Journal

Osvaldo Francisco hands Aicha Abdillahi, 8, the flag of Somalia on Monday before the start of the World Refugee Day parade of flags at Simard-Payne Memorial Park in Lewiston. Sixty countries were represented during the parade. Abdillahi is a third grader at Connors Elementary School in Lewiston. Francisco is a case worker with the city. Daryn Slover/Sun Journal

Hamza Mohamed waves the Turkish flag Monday while lining up for the World Refugee Day parade of flags at Simard-Payne Memorial Park in Lewiston. Sixty countries were represented during the parade. Mohamed is a sixth grader at Montello Elementary School in Lewiston. Daryn Slover/Sun Journal

Mohammed Jashaami of Auburn and his children arrive Monday at Simard-Payne Memorial Park in Lewiston with Iraqi food they made for the World Refugee Day celebration. Abdulrahman Jashaami, right, is a sophomore at Edward Little High School in Auburn. Riyam Jashaami, 8, a third grader at Park Avenue Elementary School in Auburn, talks with her teacher, Molly Carmichael, left. Ahmed Jashaami, 10, is a sixth grader at Park Avenue Elementary School. Daryn Slover/Sun Journal

Nasra Mlebinge, 8, decorates a poster Monday during the World Refugee Day celebration at Simard-Payne Memorial Park in Lewiston. Mlebinge is a student at Montello Elementary School in Lewiston. Daryn Slover/Sun Journal

Bahja Hassan, 3, of Auburn waves the flag of Uzbekistan on Monday while lining up for the World Refugee Day parade of flags at Simard-Payne Memorial Park in Lewiston. Sixty countries were represented during the parade. Daryn Slover/Sun Journal


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