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June 20, 2013

Remembering Palestinian Refugees on World Refugee Day

by Onaje Crawford


To commemorate World Refugee Day, the Israel-Palestine NGO Working Group at the United Nations (IPWG) hosted "Remembering Palestinian Refugees", a photo exhibit, film review, and panel discussion highlighting the plight of 7.4 million displaced Palestinians, the largest and longest standing case of forcibly displaced persons. Doug Hostetter, IPWG’s Co-chair, who remarked that the purpose of the event was to give “voice and image to those who could not be here to speak to the circumstances for themselves”, moderated the panel.  Because of their vivid personal and professional accounts on Palestine, great insight was offered by ...

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June 16, 2013

A prayer for World Refugee Day

June 20 is World Refugee Day.

Here are resources from Presbyterian Disaster Assistance.

Here's a prayer:

God of the journey,
We remember that Mary and Joseph
Had to flee to Egypt,
Taking Jesus to safety,
Leaving home behind.
Remembering,
We pray for sisters and brothers
Around your world
Who are forced to leave their homes.
We pray for brothers and sisters who are
Driven from home by natural disasters.
We pray for sisters and brothers who are
Driven from unnatural acts of violence and persecution.
We pray for brothers who are
Driven from home because of inadequate responses to ...

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June 20, 2012

#WorldRefugeeDay Tweetathon: Wednesday, June 20th

@presbyun is participating. Will you

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance provides aid to refugees and displaced persons on behalf of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).

On Wednesday, June 20th from 9 am to 9 pm EST, Blue Key supporters are taking over Twitter once again to support refugees!

We want to encourage as many people as possible to take action on World Refugee Day — June 20th — to raise awareness for refugees.

The main ways anyone can get involved include:

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June 18, 2012

Choices- World Refugee Day - 20 June 2012

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
Message on World Refugee Day

More than 42 million people around the world have been forcibly displaced from their homes and communities.  More than a million fled their countries in the last eighteen months alone due to a wave of conflicts, in Cote d’Ivoire, Libya, Mali, Somalia, Sudan and Syria.  These numbers represent far more than statistics; they are individuals and families whose lives have been upended, whose communities have been destroyed, and whose future remains uncertain.

World Refugee Day is a moment to remember all those affected, and a time to intensify our support.

Four ...

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June 15, 2009

Real People, Real Needs

This Saturday, June 20, is World Refugee Day. The theme for the day is "Real People, Real Needs." Events around the world will draw attention to the plight of millions of people uprooted by conflict and persecution. Presbyterians are among...

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