On the 20th of June, the World Refugee Day, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) is celebrating the courage and the resistance of more than 40 million individuals who had to abandon their homes and to lead their life in another place, different from that they belong to.
The conflicts arising from all corners of the world affect millions of mothers, fathers, daughters and sons, tearing apart families and destroying lives. In the past years, the number of people affected by conflicts and persecutions has reached unprecedentedly levels, shows the UNHCR data, and their story, that of despair, courage and survival has become the most acute of our times. Therefore, UNHCR launches the campaign “Refugee Stories” presenting moments from the life of the refugees, as they were lived by them or told by the journalists, actors, writers and humanitarian assistants who met the refugees and found their stories.
These stories can be read on the campaign website and they can be shared to reach other people; on the same website, anyone who went through the refugee experience may tell their stories about unsettlement, courage or hope.
UNHCR (The UN Refugee Agency) offers protection and assistance to the individuals who are running away from conflict or violence. In the past 60 years, UNHCR helped tens of millions of people to get refuge. With our support too more people can be helped.
In times in which conflicts forced a record number of people to leave their homes, UNHCR mobilized the Goodwill Ambassadors and other celebrities to let people know about the stories of courage and survival of the refugees, in an attempt to raise more awareness of the devastating impact of the war towards the refugee families.
Actors such as Emma Thompson, Kristin Davis, David Morrissey, director Wes Anderson, top-model/designer Alek Wek and singer Kat Graham are among those who joined UNHCR campaign, giving impressive statements about their personal experience regarding the exile or their meeting with refugees.
Angelina Jolie dedicated years of service to UNHCR and the refugees, she was a Goodwill Ambassador and she “conducted more than 40 field visits around the world, becoming well-versed in the phenomenon of forced displacement and a tireless advocate on their behalf.”