Presenter Neshan der Haroutiounian sits down for dramatic pause as he announces the winner of UNHCR?s Refugees Got Talent competition in Arbat refugee camp in Iraq, June 20, 2016. Thomson Reuters Foundation/Andrea DiCenzo
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Belting out an emotional song in honor of Kurdish military forces under a full moon, Syrian refugee Mizzgin Rumi's shyness transformed into confidence as he captivated his audience.Rumi was stunned to be the favorite of the four judges, prompting a rare display of cheers and celebration among the more than 7,500 Syrian refugees housed at the sprawling camp.UNHCR representative to Iraq Bruno Geddo said the talent contest was an opportunity for refugees to unite for a night with the sounds of traditional Kurdish music, pop ballads and Hindi rhythms echoing across the dark, warm evening.He said World Refugee Day wanted to highlight the plight but also the resilience of the 20 million people globally living as refugees, with many youngsters in those ranks.In second place came the quirky Hindi dance ensemble ABCD – Anybody Can Dance – with five teenage refugee girls led by 17-year-old Rojbin Baroodo, dressed in jeans and a T-shirt.
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