Friday, 14 June 2013

World Refugee Day

Next Thursday, June 20th., is World Refugee Day. Established by the United Nations to honour the courage, strength and determination of women, men and children who are forced to flee their homes under threat of persecution, conflict and violence, in the UK it takes the form of a whole week of artistic, cultural and educational events all designed to help raise awareness of the urgent and growing problems faced by refugees.

In just one minute, everything can change. A family can be torn apart by war. A child can be separated from his parents. A lifetime of work can be destroyed. Yet in a minute, you can act and support a family forced to flee. There are many significant and imaginative ways to get involved, including joining the UNHCR's 1 Thing campaign.

Magbola Alhadi and her children survived months of bombing raids but were forced to flee when soldiers came and opened fire on their village. The most important thing she brought with her was this pot. It was small enough to carry on their 12-day journey, yet big enough to cook for her family.

Imagine if your family had just 1 minute to flee...

What would you take?

You can see what others chose on the UNHCR's 'Most Important Thing' Pinterest Board where you can add your choice to the growing collection of pins.

Whatever you choose to do, do something.

Because we're lucky. We can.

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