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World Refugee Day observed across the World on 20 June

Jun 20, 2013 10:27 IST

20 June: World Refugee Day
The World Refugee Day was observed on 20 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 4 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.

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