June 20, 2001 marked the first International World Refugee Day as set by a United Nations Resolution. On this date, we are reminded that refugees are victims of inhumane situations in their home country. They are forced to live in fear – of death, violence, kidnapping, starvation, and other evils. In the 2016 campaign #withrefugees, World Refugee Day is asking people to sign a petition to be presented to the UN General Assembly meeting on September 19.
This petition asks the UN to work towards the following goals:
- To ensure every refugee child gets an education.
- To ensure every refugee family has somewhere safe to live.
- To ensure every refugee can work or learn new skills to make a positive contribution to their community.