Most Americans see the refugee crisis in the Mediterranean through images and video in the media. Jen Gunderman of Liberty has made multiple journeys to Greece with several organizations that provide relief to refugees arriving from throughout the Middle East.

Gunderman will present an account of her work with refugees arriving in Greece at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Belfast, 37 Miller St., on Friday, March 23, at 6:30 p.m.

Since becoming involved in relief work, Gunderman has spoken out about the need for greater understanding of what it means to be a refugee who flees to save their lives and those of their families.

In “Uncertain Flight: a Refugee’s Journey,” she relates refugees’ stories of surviving dangerous journeys and holding onto hope. She speaks passionately about our role in providing safe passage and resettlement opportunities for people who have lost everything — their homes, their possessions, and often family members — to the many conflicts that have contributed to this exodus.

The program is a fundraiser for MidMaine YoUUth, a group composed of youth from Unitarian Universalist congregations from Belfast, Ellsworth, Bangor and Rockland. The group will be traveling to New York in April to attend an intergenerational conference entitled “When Crisis Calls: Advancing Just Migration for All.”

The event is hosted by the United Nations office of the Unitarian Universalist Association and will include a tour of the United Nations’ New York headquarters. The youth have been meeting and preparing to attend this conference for several months, through study and reflection on the many aspects of the current refugee crisis.

The presentation will be accompanied by refreshments with a Mediterranean flair. Suggested donation is $10 to $20 and will support the youth group's attendance at the New York conference.

Gunderman is with Westbrook College of Health Professions at the University of New England.

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