Refugees have no choice, you do!

Refugees have no choice, you do!


Wednesday, June 20, 2012, an Afghan refuge youth, center, pours water on himself to cool off, while other refugees are seen collecting water in a slum on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan. Thousands of them still live without electricity, running water and other basic services in the region. The Pakistani government and the United Nations Refugee Agency reached an agreement in March 2009 to allow some 1.7 million registered Afghan refugees living in Pakistan to continue sheltering there until at least 2012.

World Refugee Day is a day initiated by the United Nations to raise awareness on the plight of refugees worldwide, is observed on June 20 every year. This year, the theme is, "Refugees have no choice. You do.” — Huanqiu Network

According to UN Refugee Agency’s recently released report, the annual level of forced displacement exceeded 42.5 million people, including 26.4 million internally displaced people (IDPs) and 15.2 million refugees. Also, nearly 1 million refugees were living in exile seeking a solution. In 2011 alone, due to armed conflicts and other humanitarian crisis, an additional 800,000 people could be counted as new refugees (fleeing their countries), the highest number in the past 10 years; the number of new IDPs reached 3.5 million, an increase of 20% compared with 2010.

The central theme of World Refugee Day 2012 was to remind the world that, there is a group of people among us who are forced to leave home and live in exile. The international community must assist those countries most affected by internal displacement and guarantee respect for the human rights of all people, and must work together to prevent and end the conflicts that trigger refugee flows.

(From News Network)


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