International World Refugee Day (WRD) will be held in Victoria on Thursday, June 20, 2019. ICA is an involved and active supporter of World Refugee Day events. We observe this day to commemorate the strength, courage, perseverance, resilience and ongoing struggles of the millions of people who have been and are now considered refugees globally.
As defined by the United Nations 1951 Refugee Convention, a refugee is someone who fled his or her home and country as a result of “a well-founded fear of persecution because of his/her race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion.”
Many refugees are in exile to escape the effects of natural or human-made disasters. The United Nations estimates that “every minute, 20 people leave everything behind to escape war, persecution or terror.”
The purpose of United Nations World Refugee Day is to educate the general public on issues of concern, to mobilize political will and resources to address global problems, and to celebrate and reinforce achievements of humanity. Organizations and offices of the United Nations system, and most importantly, governments, civil society, the public and private sectors, schools, universities and, more generally, citizens, make World Refugee Day a springboard for awareness-raising actions.
It is equally important that we celebrate refugees who have settled in our communities and in Canada and also that we acknowledge and remember all those who are currently displaced worldwide.
ICA is pleased to support WRD 2019 activities in Victoria with our community partners. We will be posting the final event schedule very soon!
ICA is also a member of the social media campaign #With Refugees https://www.unhcr.org/withrefugees
Photo credit: United Nations website 2019 Burundian Refugees seeking safety in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s South Kivu Province