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World Relief Tri-Cities: Saving Lives and Raising Funds to Help Assist Local Refugees

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KENNEWICK, Wash.-  People from all walks of life joined together Friday night at Kennewick First Presbyterian Church for the 3rd Annual Refugee Benefit Concert and Cultural Celebration to help raise housing funds for refugees.

World Relief Tri-Cities helps around 200 refugees yearly to get acclimated during their first couple months after placed in the Tri-Cities.

Because these refugees escaped asylum from prosecution, the organization says adjusting to freedom in the United States can be at first challenging.  

World Relief Tri-Cities helps with all that, from doctors appointments to providing basic housing supplies.  They also assist with employment.

We spoke with one refugee from Somalia, who said World Relief Tri-Cities saved her life after seeing her husband killed right in front of her.

A translator for the Somalia refugee said, "she ran away for her life and stayed at a camp for many years. World Relief has helped her to get all this opportunity. Like helping her for the benefits for her disability."  She said she has very little use in her hands after a fall, breaking both in Somalia due to malnutrition and weak bones, and the lack of proper medical care.

You can help other local refugees like her by donating to World Relief Tri-Cities either online or by mail.  All donations stay local.