Special Feature (Issue No2)


Millions mark World Refugee Day with theme of “Protection”
20th June 2008

As millions of people marked World Refugee Day across the world on Friday, the head of the UN refugee agency highlighted the “humanitarian disaster” in Somalia and said he was very concerned about the rise in the number of refugees in 2007.

High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres, who was marking World Refugee Day (WRD) in Kenya, also noted that the patterns of forced displacement in the world were changing and said UNHCR and the international community would face major challenges in determining who exactly needed protection.

UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador Angelina Jolie, meanwhile, said that while June 20 was designated World Refugee Day, it would go unnoticed by the majority of the world. “Even those for whom the day is for, they have no access to newspapers to read the announcements, they have no televisions to see PSAs [public service announcement] on their behalf. Many are running for their lives on this day or dying on this day,” she said in a short message.

“But whether it is noticed or not, today stands as one of the most important days of the year. It is a day of respect and remembrance for the most vulnerable people in the world,” she added.

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