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Published: Friday, Aug. 9, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

Displace Me is an overnight event aimed at raising awareness about the plight of refugees, sponsored by Genoa, Kingston and Kirkland area Christian churches.

All teenagers junior high through high school age are welcome. Drop off is at 6 p.m. Sunday, with pick up at 7 a.m. Aug. 12, in the parking lot at 312 Eureka St. in Genoa, just east of Chamberlain Park.

Participants will learn what it is like to be a refugee.

Millions of people throughout the world, are sometimes forced to flee their homes due to natural disaster, war and persecution.

At present, there are nearly 15 million refugees and 22 million displaced people worldwide.

Participants are asked to bring a cardboard box (to sleep in), sleeping bag or blankets, warm clothes if needed, flashlight and permission and release forms. Do not bring electronics or food.

Participants are asked to eat before they come as no food is allowed at this event in order to give participants a realistic view of what it would be like to be a refugee.

Cost is a suggested donation of $10 (a monetary donation will be made to Church World Services and Refugee One). Safety will include overnight patrol provided by screened adults.

Call Kris Aves at 815-751-8743 or Nancy Bagsby at 815-566-9437 for registration forms. For information, email Mollie Hughes at mollie.hughes0@gmail.com.

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