World Refugee Day June 20, 2007

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Today is the sixth anniversary of World Refugee Day. The UNHCR, the United Nations High Commissioner For Refugees, remembers and celebrates those who have survived their plight. Today they remember…

Often classified unfairly with economic migrants, refugees flee their country not for economic gain but to escape persecution, the threat of imprisonment and even threats to their lives. They need a safe haven where they can recover from mental and physical trauma and rebuild their hopes for a better future.

The intolerance that is often at the root of internal displacement and refugee flows is also present in some of the countries that refugees flee to. Instead of finding empathy and understanding, they are often met with mistrust or scorn.

On World Refugee Day, let’s not forget that some day in the future any one of us could be knocking at a stranger’s door hoping to find a safe and friendly shelter. We should extend refugees the same kind of welcome we would like to receive if we were in their position.

While most refugees want to go home, some cannot safely return. But wherever they are, refugees will always strive to pick up the pieces and start over. The courage and determination demonstrated during their darkest hours will serve them well in rebuilding a new life. On World Refugee Day, let us honour them for these qualities and recognize the richness and diversity they bring to our societies.

I just want to live my life the way it use to be.

I just want to be with my family.

I just want to go home.

I just want to be safe.

I just want to live.

This is a right for all humans. We need to fight for them for this basic human right.

How can we help? Just talking about it with our friends and family brings awareness to this problem. We can Donate money. We can work or intern for UNHCR.

If you would like more information on UNHCR you can read HERE or CONTACT them directly.

All I know is that we can make a difference if we really want to. I know I do.

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2 Responses to “World Refugee Day June 20, 2007”

  1. Margie July 7, 2007 at 12:34 am #

    Hi, Rocky, I’ve been away from blogland for so long and am not up to date on any posts for the past six weeks, but this one caught my eye because it reminded me of the situation in North Korea and the refugees suffering across the border in China. Thanks for posting the information.

    I want to thank you first of all for the link you gave to my call for good thoughts. We’re not out of the woods, but things are OK and we may be nearing the end of the challenges we’ve been facing. In light of what others around the world are facing, our challenge is minor, something I don’t want to lose sight of.

    Also, I’m putting a post up tomorrow – because of the good luck that’s supposed to flow from the date July 7, 2007 🙂 – that will share some information about an organization called Give2Asia http://www.give2asia.org that you might want to check into. They provide a way for Americans and Canadians to donate to programs and projects across Asia. I think it’s worth a look.

    Best to you!

  2. headmutha July 7, 2007 at 2:15 am #

    Thanks Margie…will do!

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