World Refugee Day | June 20
World Refugee Day commemorates the strength, courage and perseverance of millions of forcibly displaced refugees around the world. According to UNHCR, there are 68.5 million forcibly displaced people, of which 25 million are refugees. Over half of all refugees are from South Sudan, Afghanistan and Syria.
Have you ever wondered who came up with the lines on the Statue of Liberty? "Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free..." Read about Emma Lazarus who took the plight of refugees as the subject of her poem, "The New Colossus."
Emma Lazarus took up the plight of refugees in New York City in her poem, "The New Colossus." Little did she know that this poem would be on the Statue of Liberty.
According to the UN, 2/3 of refugees come from just five countries: Syria, Afghanistan, South Sudan, Myanmar and Somalia. Here are three stories about refugees from Syria, Sudan and Somalia.
Andrew Adansi-Bonnah is a Ghana schoolboy who launched his own Somalia famine fundraiser.
The inspiring story of Paul Rusesabagina, half Tutsi, half Hutu, who saved the lives of more than 1200 Rwandans who took refuge in his hotel during the genocide in Rwanda.
Paul Rusesabagina saved the lives of more than 1200 Rwandans who took refuge in his hotel.
These films offer a glimpse into the overwhelming plight of refugees around the world.
Jayne Fleming is the leader of the Reed Smith Refugee Protection Project, a mobile legal clinic offering legal and psychosocial support to some of Jordan’s most vulnerable refugees.
Knowing they may never be able to return home, many refugees have decided to set out on the dangerous and perilous journey for a new life in Europe.
This expressionistic film offers the point of view of the refugees in crisis. Mantra chronicles the dangerous obstacles refugees face on their journeys to reach safer harbors.
This film was produced for World Refugee Day, to publicise and spread awareness on HIAS' mission and values for the last 130 years.
Art created by world refugees in different parts of the globe to illustrate the hopes and dreams of settling into a new life
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