Local students leading 5-mile ‘pilgrimage’ to recognize refugees

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Students from the Marist School are taking a “pilgrimage” through DeKalb County this weekend to raise awareness for the journeys of refugees and migrants.

The group will walk five miles on Saturday from Saint Thomas More Catholic Church in Decatur to Refuge Coffee in Clarkston. (Clarkston is known for its vibrant immigrant community, and Refuge Coffee provides jobs to refugees in the city.)

The students are part of Marist's chapter of Share the Journey, an organization that aims to increase solitary with migrants.

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“This pilgrimage is the physical manifestation of our support for the refugee community and their long journeys to safety,” Marist sophomore Sara Jane Shulman said in a statement.

The group will offer prayers for people undergoing difficult journeys, and carry signs and banners during the walk.

Share the Journey’s Marist chapter began in 2017, “when students felt compelled to confront anti-migrant sentiment and affirm the dignity of the growing number of migrants in the world,” the school said.

Marist, a private school with about 1,100 students, is located in Brookhaven.

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