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    Fear keeps Syrian refugees away from Allentown event

    Fear kept a group of Syrian refugees from attending an event to welcome them to the community in Pennsylvania.

    More than 500 people attended Sunday’s event in Allentown that was sponsored by the Lehigh Valley Conference of Churches. But seven Syrian families who arrived in the area in recent weeks stayed away.

    Conference ecumenical director Larry Pickens told The Morning Call they’re afraid in the wake of the terrorist attacks in Paris.

    Pickens called the attacks “the elephant in the room.”

    Mayor Ed Pawlowski pledged to take care of the Syrian refugees in Allentown.

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