June 20 is the day the world commemorates the strength, courage, and perseverance of millions of refugees. Held every year, World Refugee Day also marks a key moment for the public to show support for families forced to flee due to either natural or man made causes.
The theme to commemorate this year’s World Refugee Day is “Every Action Counts”.
Developing countries house about 80% of the global refugee population with more than half of the population being under 18 and 70% living below the poverty line.
The COVID-19 pandemic and the recent anti-racism protests have shown us how desperately we need to fight for a more inclusive and equal world: a world where no one is left behind. It has never been clearer that all of us have a role to play in order to bring about change. Everyone can make a difference. This is at the heart of UNHCR’s World Refugee Day campaign.
This year, the aim is to remind the world that everyone, including refugees, can contribute to society and Every Action Counts in the effort to create a more just, inclusive, and equal world.
Sources: United Nations, Global Giving