The COVID-19 updates

The Refugee and Asylum-seeking community in Lewiston-Auburn has been growing steadily since 2001; in 19
years we grew from 123 people to over 11,000 individuals. Our community began with Somali people and
through the years has grown exponentially with the arrival of people from Djibouti, Eritrea, Yemen, Iraq, Iran,
Syria, Afghanistan, South Sudan, Sudan, DR Congo, Ethiopia, Uganda, Tanzania, Togo, Mali, Niger, from
Africa and the Middle East. LA is truly a multi-cultural place now, and we celebrate our diversity, and our
cultures and our religions, and our ways of life. One thing brings us together--crises--Many in One organized in
2003 and celebrated every year since shows that the whole community of colors, religions, dress, and cultures
all care about the same things: the common good, common decency, and the health and welfare of our people
and our children. The COVID-19 pandemic is bringing us together again but this time it has to be in an
electronic form, not face to face. UYES is uniquely positioned to create powerful messaging through posters,
video, and photography. We are the only ones who can do this in the languages of the residents. Typically, our
communities do not watch the local or national TV for many reasons and our communities of color typically
learn from 85-90% of their news from YouTube. We will upload our work to YouTube and post regular updates
to inform, calm, prepare, boost, feed, and educate the people.

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