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Tuesday 20 June 2017

World Refugee Day

At the end of 2013, there were 16.7 million refugees worldwide, with the highest number in Pakistan (1.6 million). We are now in 2016 witnessing the highest levels of displacement on record. An unprecedented 59.5 million people around the world have been forced from home. Among them are nearly 20 million refugees, over half of whom are under the age of 18. There are also 10 million stateless people who have been denied a nationality and access to basic rights such as education, healthcare, employment and freedom of movement.
For years, many countries and regions have been holding their own Refugee Days and even Weeks. One of the most widespread is Africa Refugee Day, which is celebrated on 20 June in several countries.
The UN General Assembly, on 4 December 2000, adopted resolution 55/76 where it noted that 2001 marked the 50th anniversary of the 1951 Convention relating to the Status of Refugees, and that the Organization of African Unity (OAU) had agreed to have International Refugee Day coincide with Africa Refugee Day on 20 June.
The General Assembly therefore decided that 20 June would be celebrated as World Refugee Day.
"Refugees are people like anyone else, like you and me. They led ordinary lives before becoming displaced, and their biggest dream is to be able to live normally again. On this World Refugee Day, let us recall our common humanity, celebrate tolerance and diversity and open our hearts to refugees everywhere." - Ban Ki-moon
Source: un.org | unhcr.org
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Quotes & Wishes - A story that could come from a horror movie A story that could come from a horror movie

When you are interviewing refugees, each person you talk to has a different story that could come from a horror movie. So many people talk about seeing their families get murdered before their eyes. Then I go to Central Park, and people are talking about their third divorce and paying tuition.
Brandon Stanton
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Quotes & Wishes - Are we really safe, here? Are we really safe, here?

Taking Mum’s hand, I whispered "Are we really safe, here?”
(Walk in My Shoes)
Alwyn Evans
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Quotes & Wishes - Back to their native soil Back to their native soil

As long as there are people in exile, there will be people who want to get back to their native soil.
(The Goblins of Eros)
Warren Eyster
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Quotes & Wishes - Because we were not in our country Because we were not in our country

Because we were not in our country, we could not use our own languages, and so when we spoke our voices came out bruised. When we talked, our tongues thrashed madly in our mouths, staggered like drunken men. Because we were not using our languages we said things we did not mean; what we really wanted to say remained folded inside. trapped. In America we did not always have the words. It was only when were were by ourselves that we spoke in our real voices. When we were alone we summoned the horses of our languages and mounted their backs and galloped past skyscrapers. Always, we were reluctant to come back.
(We Need New Names)
NoViolet Bulawayo
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Quotes & Wishes - But we always try to find them afterwards But we always try to find them afterwards

It is as if families on the run are shattered by something other than just grenades. The flight and fear tears us apart and those parts land in all kinds of places - we don’t even know where. But we always try to find them afterwards.
(Tea-Bag)
Henning Mankell
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Tuesday 20 June 2017
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