World Refugee Day: 5 Facts You Should Know
Here are five (5) facts to know about World Refugee Day:
- June 20th was chosen to be the day to celebrate the world refugee day by the United Nations General Assembly in Resolution 55/76 on December 4th 2000 though it has been celebrated formally in other countries prior to 2000.
- War has said to be the major factor amongst others such as famine, oppression etc that has made people flee their home for greener pastures and therefore making them refugees. UN says Somalia, Syria and Afghanistan are the three major countries where more that half of the refugees come from.
- Every June 20th, we are given a change to focus the world’s attention on refugees and how they will resolve and survive, refugees plight and displaced people around the world and the causes of their exile.
- The annual celebration is marked by variety of events in several countries including government officials, humanitarian aid workers,celebrities, civilians and also the refugees themselves.
- Global leaders came together in September 2016 to work towards the Global Compact in 2018 where all societies stand together by signing the #WithRefugees petition which was launched June 2016 to make sure every refugee child gets an education, every refugee family has where to live and every refugee can learn new skills and work to support their families.
“I’ve met so many who have lost so much. But they never lose their dreams for their children or their desire to better our world. They ask for little in return- only out support in their time of greatest need”- UN Secretary-General , António Guterres.