Thursday, June 19, 2008
Tomorrow, June 20, 2008, is World Refugee Day. It is therefore appropriate to remember that there are currently 16 million refugees who are fleeing persecution and violence and another 51 million persons who have been displaced from their homes due to armed conflict and natural disasters, according to a June 2008 report by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). World Refugee Day was established by United Nations General Assembly Resolution 55/76 in 2000 to recognize the courage and resilience of refugees worldwide and to raise awareness about their plight. To read more about the work of the UNHCR, go to http://www.unhcr.org/cgi-bin/texis/vtx/WRD.