World Refugee Day 2019
This year the World Refugee Day will be celebrated on Thursday, 20th June 2019 with the central theme of “#StepWithRefugees – Take a Step on World Refugee Day”.
The UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner of Refugees), a UN Refugee Agency with a worldwide presence, will organize several events on World Refugee Day.
An event will be organized at Delray Beach, Florida in which the refugees will be sharing their personal experiences on their refuge or asylum. They also share their experiences about settling down in Florida, America.
A marathon will be held in Washington DC, in which the participants will be asked to create an updated map of Kakuma refugee Camp, to assist interested organizations with camp management efforts.
Governments, NGOs and the local public of the nations with significant refugee population events will organize various events to address the grievances of the refugees.
A grand event will be organized at Salt Lake City, Utah for the refugees. The two days event calls for several activities by the refugees of Utah and their children. The events will involve food, singing, dancing and several other competitive events for the children.
The city of Minneapolis in Minnesota will host a special event on World Refugee Day 2019. The events will be organized by the city’s neighborhood and the Office of Immigration and Community Affairs (OIRA). Speaking program featuring the likes of the mayor, city council members, etc will be held.
Food will be offered to the guests in Minneapolis events and information stall will be installed to give all kinds of information about refugees and organizations working for their cause.
World Refugee Day History
World Refugee Day is observed every year by the people on the 20th of June in order to raise public awareness about refugee situations throughout the world. Celebrating World Refugee Day annually on the 20th of June was declared by the United Nations General Assembly in Resolution 55/76 on the 4th of December in 2000. It was started celebrating worldwide as an annual event from 2001 on every 20th of June.
The World Refugee Day celebration of 2001 has marked as the 50th anniversary of the 1951 Convention Refugees status by the United Nations General Assembly. It has been started celebrating in several countries all around the world from 2000. It is celebrated on different dates and weeks in many countries.
Why World Refugee Day is Celebrated
World refugee day is celebrated every year on the 20th of June to support millions of families all over the world who have lost their homes and dear ones because of violence or war. The day was established by the General Assembly of the United Nations for the refugees to honor them for their courage of facing lots of problems after losing homes due to conflict or violence and their contributions to their communities. World refugee day celebration provides an opportunity to all to help the refugees worldwide to rebuild their quality lives through lots of related activities.
Refugees are provided with a variety of lifesaving assistance, safety, and protection by the government agencies and organizations. They are provided tents, shelter, living materials supplies and served with life-saving services. The goal of celebrating this event is increasing public awareness among the common public by sharing the related refugee stories.
It is celebrated to remind people about all failures of an international community or home conflicts which forced lots of families to leave their homes and go to another place to save their life. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has taken big steps for immediate support to all the humanitarian needs of the refugees. However, it needs some important actions by the governments and other private organizations as well on the national and regional levels to fully control the refugee’s condition.
It is celebrated to eliminate all the horrific violence from the countries and community which is the main reason for people’s displacement and formation of a refugee. 55% of all the refugees come from Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia, Syria, and Sudan. The event is established to prevent huge scale difficulties leading to the violence in the international communities and to promote the life-saving solutions for refugees.
Refugees are taken as the asset and strength of the country and not as a burden. They are survivors and should get proper help and support timely. It is very necessary to draw people’s attention to the refugee’s conditions to honor their courage and solve their problems.
How World Refugee Day is Celebrated
World refugee day event is celebrated by organizing a variety of related activities all through the world to increase awareness among society and to highlight the issues contributing to the conditions of refugees in society. Some of the activities include:
> Participants involved in the event celebration protests against holding the migrants and asylum seekers to the prison.
> Refugee’s real stories are screened as a movie to show their lifestyles.
> Association members of the organization provide moral support to the refugees by meeting them in the imprisonment.
> Requesting government organizations for better management of the asylum seekers.
> Awareness activities are carried out by celebrities, humanitarian aid workers, civilians, and other famous group people for more effect.
> People living in the community are encouraged to participate in the event celebration through social media.
> Refugee camps are organized to solve their problems by distributing them shelters, necessary goods, tents, plastic sheets, blankets and etc.
> They are also availed with free clinics, schools, water resources and etc for supporting them psychosocially and physically.
> Discussions and debates activities are organized in schools and colleges.
World Refugee Day Theme
The annual celebration of the world refugee day is based on the particular theme of the year to effectively run the campaign. Some of the year wise themes are mentioned below:
- The theme of 2019 is “#StepWithRefugees – Take a Step on World Refugee Day”.
- The theme of 2018 was “Now More Than Ever, We Need to Stand with Refugees”.
- The theme of 2017 was “Embracing Refugees to celebrate our Common Humanity.”
- The theme of 2016 was “We stand together with refugees”.
- The theme of 2015 was “With courage let us all combine”.
- The theme of 2014 was “Migrants and Refugees: Towards a Better World”.
- The theme of 2013 was “Take 1 minute to support a family forced to flee”.
- The theme of 2012 was “1 family torn apart by war is too many”.
- The theme of 2011 was “1 refugee without hope is too many.”
- The theme of 2010 was “1 refugee forced to flee is too many”.
- The theme of 2009 was “Home”.
- The theme of 2008 was “Protection”.
- The theme of 2007 was “Perseverance.”
- The theme of 2006 was “Hope”.
- The theme of 2005 was “Courage”.
- The theme of 2004 was “Courage”.
- The theme of 2003 was “Refugee Youth: Building the Future”.
- The theme of 2002 was “Tolerance”.
- The theme of 2001 was “Respect”.
World Refugee Day Quotes
“I urge you to celebrate the extraordinary courage and contributions of refugees past and present.” – Kofi Annan, UN Secretary-General
“Displaced societies are of value. Their issues are our issues.” – Cynthia Basinet
“Despite very harsh living conditions and the trauma of what they went through, they [Sudanese refugees] had a lot of dignity.” – Julien Clerc
“They are safe but they are not in their homes. They are city-less. I think it’s just a disaster for everyone.” – Teri Hatcher
“In countries where people have to flee their homes because of persecution and violence, political solutions must be found, peace and tolerance restored, so that refugees can return home. In my experience, going home is the deepest wish of most refugees.” – Angelina Jolie
“Refugees have done more for my heart and my spirit than I can ever express in words.” – Angelina Jolie
“World Refugee Day is an important opportunity to remind us about the ongoing plight of millions of refugees around the world.” – Robert Alan Silvestein