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About 100 In Paterson Attend Vigil For Syrian Refugees

A candlelight vigil highlighting the hardships of Syrian refugees was conducted Saturday evening on Main Street in South Paterson.
A candlelight vigil highlighting the hardships of Syrian refugees was conducted Saturday evening on Main Street in South Paterson. Photo Credit: Melvin Mason

PATERSON, N.J. -- A candlelight vigil Saturday evening was conducted to pay homage to Syrian refugees who have died trying to leave their war-ravaged country, NorthJersey.com reported.

About 100 people attended the vigil on Main Street in south Paterson, the story said. A photo of Aylan Kurdi, the 3-year old drowning victim whose photograph has gone around the world, was propped up on a bench, NorthJersey.com said. On the photograph was written “Shame on the world and the U.N.”

An organizer of the rally said thousands of stories like this happen in Syria every day, according to North Jersey.com.

Public officials including Prospect Park Mayor Mohamed T. Khairullah, Paterson Councilman Andre Sayegh and Paterson Democratic leader Al Abdel-aziz, gave support and urged those present to organizing and lobbying efforts, NorthJersey.com reported.

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