Today is World Refugee Day. This day is observed on the 20th of June every year to celebrate the stories and contributions of refugees. The theme this year is Step with Refugees – Take a Step on World Refugee Day. According to the latest annual study released by the office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, 70.8 million children, women and men were forcibly displaced at the end of last year.
This is the highest number in the organization’s almost 70-year history. The study, released yesterday, said wars, violence and persecution have driven record numbers of people from their homes worldwide. Almost two thirds of those uprooted from their homes are internally displaced people who have not left their homelands.
About 80 percent of these refugees live in countries neighbouring their country of origin. On an average, one person is forcibly displaced every two seconds as a result of conflict or persecution and refugees are among the most vulnerable people in the world.