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countries where people have to flee their
homes because of persecution and violence,
political solutions must be found, peace
and tolerance restored, so that refugees
can return home. In my experience, going
home is the deepest wish of most refugees.
“Refugees have done more for
my heart and my spirit than I can ever express in words.”
have done more for my heart and my spirit than I can ever express in words."
~ Angelina Jolie
exile is a singular, whereas refugees tend to be thought of in the mass ... What
is implied in these nuances of social standing is the respect we pay to choice.
The exile appears to have made a decision, while the refugee is the very image
~ Mary McCarthy
wish to call on you to join hands in the
building of a world in which less people
will be forced to flee, and in which refugees
are protected until they can safely return
home one day.
Ogata, UN High Commissioner for Refugees,
problems may often seem intractable but they
are not insoluble. In our experience there are
two basic prerequisites for solution: the political
will of leaders to tackle the causes and to
settle for peace, and international determination
to push for peace and then to consolidate it.
Consolidating peace means helping societies
emerging from war to reintegrate refugees in
safety and dignity, to rebuild their institutions
- including in the field of justice and human
rights - and to resume their economic development."
-- Sadako Ogata,
UN High Commissioner for Refugees, 1990-2000
are all part of the human family and we
should be about doing what all good families
do - caring for our less fortunate brothers
- Dan O'Neill,
Founder, Mercy Corps
Refugee Day is an important opportunity
to remind us about the ongoing plight
of millions of refugees around the world.
"There are no refugees, no displaced persons here, ... They are our guests and
we treat them as such."
~ Mike Turner quotes
all the survivors out there, I want them
to know that we are stronger and more
resilient than we ever knew. We survived,
that should be enough but it isn't. We
must work hard to become whole again,
to fill our soul with love and inspiration,
to live the life that was intended for
us before it was disrupted by war and
horrors, and help rebuild a world that
is better than the one we had just left.
- Loung Ung
are defined as persons who are outside their
country and cannot return owing to a well-founded
fear of persecution because of their race, religion,
nationality, political opinion or membership
of a particular social group.'
~ United Nations, 1951
I wish that the millions of displaced
people would be able to return with the
necessary conditions of safety and dignity,
that people in exile could return to their
home-country as the intelligence is needed,
that cruelty, political killings, poverty
and hunger cease. I wish that our people
recover their dignity, truth is revealed
and justice exists.
Day - June 20
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