World Refugee Day on June 20

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UN Observes World Refugee Day on 20th June Every Year

The World Refugee Day was observed on 20th June, 2013 across the world. World Refugee Day is observed on 20 June every year to honour the courage, strength and determination of people who are forced to flee their homeland under threat of persecution, conflict and violence.

The focus of World Refugee Day 2013 is on the impact of war on families. The core message is 1 family torn apart by war is too many.

The campaign call – to – action is to Take 1 minute to support a family forced to flee. In 1 minute, a family can be torn apart by war, a child can be separated from his or her parents, and a lifetime of work can be destroyed.

Yet in 1 minute, we can also act – reuniting a family, protecting a child, providing shelter. Please donate now and help UNHCR assist refugees. Your 1 simple action will help thousands of uprooted people today.

The resolution to celebrate the 20 June as World Refugee Day was passed by the UN General Assembly on 4th December, 2000 and for the first time it was observed in 2001. The day was designated by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees ( UNHCR ) to bring attention to the plight of refugees around the world.

There are over 43.7 million refugees and internally displaced people around the world and of those, UNHCR provides lifesaving assistance and protection to 34 million of them. As per report, in every one minute eight people flee because of war and persecution of which half of the population consists of children less than 18 years.

About 55 percent of all refugees across the world belong to war affected nations like Afghanistan, Somalia, Iraq, Syria and Sudan.

The U.N. says developing countries – like Burkina Faso – host 85% of the world’s refugees. Doctor Krishnan says the youngest refugees sometimes are not even counted.

“Children who are born in refugee camps often live and they move on to the next generation, they move on to the generation after that. We have such incidences. So registering the birth and having that identity is crucial because that will allow them to access education, more choices in the future,” Krishnan said.

He says, “She has seen fighter planes, artillery, missiles. There is nothing she has not seen,” he said. In Syria, the artillery and gunfire continue relentlessly. The U.N. estimates that 3.5 million people will have fled the country by the end of the year.

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