This year like every year, 20 June would be celebrated worldwide as World Refugee Day.
The day came about as a result of the United Nations General Assembly Resolution 55/76 of 4 December 2000, one year to the 50th anniversary of the 1951 Convention relating to the Status of Refugees. The UN and the OAU (now AU) then agreed to have International Refugee Day coincide with Africa Refugee Day which was being celebrated prior to the year 2000.
The UN refugee agency reports that as of December 2015, there were 65.3 million displaced people worldwide and the numbers are steadily on the rise with the eruption of new conflicts. Syria, Afghanistan and Somalia alone produce half the number of refugees in the world.
The United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and countless civic groups spearhead events on this day, hosting events to sensitize people about the plight of millions of refugees the world over. Government officials, humanitarian aid workers, celebrities, civilians and the forcibly displaced themselves too take active part in the campaigns.
Alot of critics however still hold that the efforts being put in place are not enough and are asking fot more to be done.
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