Stories from Camp – Day 6

June 13-18, 2011

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Article 14, Section 1: Everyone has the right to seek and to enjoy in other countries asylum from persecution.” [from Universal Declaration of Human Rights]

Though most of Day 6 was en route back to Atlanta, it was one of the most meaningful days of camp. The campers had become close friends and everyone was upbeat and positive. After leaving Koinonia, we drove past the Stewart Detention Facility and then visited El Refugio, a hospitality house for families of detainees. The campers heard stories of detained immigrants and even met some people who had family members being held in the detention facility. After lunch at El Refugio, we ended camp with a day hike at Providence Canyon State Park. What a week it was!

After packing up and leaving Koinonia, we traveled to Lumpkin, GA, were we drove by the Stewart Detention Facility (the largest immigrant detention facility in the U.S.) and then to a small house, "El Refugio," where families of detainees can stay while they visit their loved ones.

Campers relaxed in the El Refugio living room and had a meal with guests who just returned from visiting family members at the Detention Facility.

One of our campers fell in love with this baby (whose mom was staying at El Refugio). The baby's dad is detained at Stewart Detention Facility and will soon be deported.

Our final camp activity was a day hike at Providence Canyon State Park. We hiked to the bottom of the canyon and explored several of the canyons - getting nice and muddy!

Our campers in the canyon.

Everyone leapt for joy because of new friends, fun activities, learning, and going home!

...But first, the campers had a song to sing!

On the way home, everyone fell asleep. It was a good week.

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