20 June – Refugee Day

On 4 December 2000, the United Nations (together with 100 other countries) decided to dedicate 20 June of every year as an international Refugees Day.

The day honours the strength and courage of people who have been forced to flee their home countries to escape conflict, terrorism, persecution, or disasters.

Refugees often face many difficulties after leaving their home countries. For instance, many refugees find themselves living in camps without any possessions or enough food until they are resettled, some of which are dangerous or not well-equipped for long term living. 

This year’s theme focuses on the right to seek safety.

As people, we have the obligation to practice kindness and ultimately welcome people wherever they come from.