Sunday is World Refugee Day. June 20 is a day designated by the United Nations to honor and celebrate the world’s refugees.
The UN refugee agency UNCHR says World Refugee Day is an “opportunity to build empathy and understanding” for the plight of refugees and to recognize their resilience in rebuilding their lives.
US President Joe Biden said in a statement on Sunday, “Today, I join people around the world in celebrating World Refugee Day, a day when we celebrate the lives of millions of people forced to flee violence, persecution and war. Recognize courage and humanity.”
Biden also said, “On this day, we reaffirm our sacred commitment to alleviating suffering through humanitarian relief, and redouble our efforts to achieve sustainable solutions for refugees through resettlement. We also recommend engaging in diplomatic efforts to end the ongoing conflicts that force refugees to seek security elsewhere.”
Despite the restrictions and closures imposed on people and countries due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there are more refugees today than ever before, according to a UNHCR report.
UNHCR said in a statement that, “the number of people fleeing war, violence, persecution and human rights violations increased to approximately 82.4 million in 2020,” a number “up 4% on top of an already record high of 79.5 million.” represents growth. End of 2019. “
“And what is quite shocking is that the number of refugees or forcibly displaced people has more than doubled in the past 10 years,” Gillian Triggs, assistant high commissioner to UNHCR, told VOA’s Laurel Bowman. Something like 48% children or young people, so we actually have generations of children who have been separated from their countries of origin.”
UNHCR urges the world to remember that “behind every number is a man forced from his home and a story of displacement, eviction and suffering. They help us not only with humanitarian aid, but also in finding solutions to their plight.” receive attention and support.”
World Refugee Day was held globally for the first time on 20 June 2001 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 1951 Convention on the Status of Refugees. It was originally known as Africa Refugee Day, before the United Nations General Assembly officially designated it as an international day in December 2000.