Commemorate World Refugee Day 2014
"I urge you to celebrate the extraordinary courage and contributions of refugees past and present."
— Kofi Annan, Seventh Secretary-General of the United Nations, 1997-2006
According to the United Nations, around 14 million people in the world are refugees. A refugee is a person who has been “forced to flee his or her country because of persecution, war, or violence... and has a well-founded fear of persecution for reasons of race, religion, nationality, political opinion or membership in a particular social group.”
United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) sponsors World Refugee Day each year on June 20, to raise awareness refugee struggles and to honor the contributions of refugees throughout the world.
Our state’s Refugee Services Program, part of the Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF), also does tremendous work to help people affected by war, torture, or human rights violations.
What can we do to help? How can we participate in World Refugee Day?
- Visit the UNHCR web site and the Florida DCF Refugee Services web site to donate to and learn more about this local and global crisis.
- Read a book or watch a video to learn and better understand the experience of a refugee. Visit your local branch library to check out our books with inspiring and compelling stories about "real people with real needs."
- Wear light blue, the international color of UN aid workers, on the day of the event and let others know why you are wearing this color.