Hope Away from Home
On June 20, we, together with millions around the world, and led by the UNHCR, mark World Refugee Day, a day to celebrate the resilience and courage of millions of people who have been forced to flee their homes and seek safety in other countries. It is also a day to raise awareness and solidarity for their plight and their rights.
Refugees are not just numbers or statistics. They are human beings with dreams, talents, and aspirations. They have endured unimaginable hardships and losses, but they have not given up hope. They have shown remarkable strength and adaptability in the face of adversity.
Refugees deserve respect, compassion, and support. They deserve to be included in the societies that host them, have access to education, health care, livelihoods, and legal protection. They deserve to have opportunities to contribute to their new communities and to shape their own futures. They deserve to thrive, not just survive.
This year, let us remember that refugees are not a burden, but a blessing. They enrich our cultures, economies, and societies with their diversity, skills, and creativity. Let us stand with refugees today and every day. Let us welcome them with open arms and open hearts. Let us give them hope away from home.