World Refugee Day

Every year on June 20, we mark World Refugee Day to highlight the plight of refugees and to raise awareness about special needs of the displaced.
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Guinean musician Sekou Kouyate plays the kora, ancient instrument from West Africa, at the opening evening of the Festival of Migrant film taking place in Ljubljana, Slovenia between 18 and 22 June to mark World Refugee Day. © K. Brezočnik

Guinean musician Sekou Kouyate plays the kora, ancient instrument from West Africa, at the opening evening of the Festival of Migrant film taking place in Ljubljana, Slovenia between 18 and 22 June to mark World Refugee Day. © K. Brezočnik

Children visiting RefuFest, a festival offering its visitors a cross-cultural experience with programming that reflects the diverse make up of people living in the Czech Republic, play board games. © UNHCR/K. Machova

Children visiting RefuFest, a festival offering its visitors a cross-cultural experience with programming that reflects the diverse make up of people living in the Czech Republic, play board games. © UNHCR/K. Machova

Drawings showing the response of school children to hearing refugee stories.

Drawings showing the response of school children to hearing refugee stories.

Portrait of #refugees from #Chechnya who have come to #Poland to find a safe place to live. © J.Herok

Portrait of #refugees from #Chechnya who have come to #Poland to find a safe place to live. © J.Herok

Every minute 8 people around the world are forced to flee their homes due to war and persecution. No one chooses to be a refugee. Special Envoy Angelina Jolie`s video message for World Refugee Day 2012. #refugees #UNHCR

Every minute 8 people around the world are forced to flee their homes due to war and persecution. No one chooses to be a refugee. Special Envoy Angelina Jolie`s video message for World Refugee Day 2012. #refugees #UNHCR

A boy performs during a multicultural festival in Sofia, Bulgaria, organised on the occasion of World Refugee Day 2012. © UNHCR/ B.Kichukov

A boy performs during a multicultural festival in Sofia, Bulgaria, organised on the occasion of World Refugee Day 2012. © UNHCR/ B.Kichukov

Replica of the suitcase in which the Iraqi Fadel family carried all their belongings that they could quickly grab as fleeing violence in their homeland. © UNHCR/P. Hajdu

Replica of the suitcase in which the Iraqi Fadel family carried all their belongings that they could quickly grab as fleeing violence in their homeland. © UNHCR/P. Hajdu

World Refugee Day Concert in Sofia

World Refugee Day Concert in Sofia

Coffee With UNHCR, Media and Refugees - On 20 June 2010 - World Refugee Day, UNHCR office in Bulgaria organized a coffee meeting that was attended by refugees living in Bulgaria, UNHCR representatives and the media. The meeting was held in one of Sofia’s popular cafes, ONDA Coffee Break. © UNHCR/B. Kichukov/2010

Coffee With UNHCR, Media and Refugees - On 20 June 2010 - World Refugee Day, UNHCR office in Bulgaria organized a coffee meeting that was attended by refugees living in Bulgaria, UNHCR representatives and the media. The meeting was held in one of Sofia’s popular cafes, ONDA Coffee Break. © UNHCR/B. Kichukov/2010

Celebration of World Refugee Day 2006 taking place at the Ráday utca in Budapest, Hungary. © UNHCR/M. Várai/2006

Celebration of World Refugee Day 2006 taking place at the Ráday utca in Budapest, Hungary. © UNHCR/M. Várai/2006

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