Tied To Today: World Refugee Day

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.

I think this is an outstanding campaign.  Take a look at their site to see more information at: http://www.un.org/en/events/refugeeday/ and http://www.unhcr.org/refugeeday/us/.

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