Published on June 20th, 2013 | by EJC0
World Refugee Day – Increase In Displacement And Children Most Affected By Conflict And Violence
As a result of conflict, generalised violence and other human rights violations, the number of people who are displaced by force is increasing in the world today. According to the new report from UNHCR, in 2012, over 45.2 million found themselves in the situation of displacement, and the number has increased by 2.7 million when compared to the previous year.
The war situations in countries like Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and Somalia have resulted in a great number of refugees, asylum seekers and internally displaced persons (IDPs). The most alarming is that children who are 18 years old, or younger, form a large part of the total number; about 46% are underaged. The report also shows that the amount of asylum applications by minors who are unaccompanied was the highest that the UNHCR has ever recorded.
On 20 June each year, the UN bodies and civil society organisations throughout the world unite for World Refugee Day to honour those who are forced to leave their homes due to human rights violations.
In the lead up to World Refugee Day, a number of activities have been planned by the offices located in various countries and regions. One of them is the annual writing competition for journalism school students that is organised by the UNHCR Paris office and the French newspaper Le Monde. With the aim of promoting knowledge and understanding of the UNHCR and its activities in relation to refugee protection, this competition has marked its 6th round this year since it first launched in 2008. The winning article will be published on Le Monde on World Refugee Day and the selected winner will get the opportunity to report on the ground with logistical support from the UNHCR.
For more information about World Refugee Day, click here.