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World Refugee Day

Millions of Refugees Need Access to Cleaner, More Efficient Cookstoves and Fuels

Radha Muthiah | Posted 06.24.2015 | Impact
Radha Muthiah

More than 59 million people are currently displaced from their homes due to conflict, war, and disaster. They leave home with few possessions, and often, in fear of their lives.

Angelina Jolie & Daughter Shiloh Visit Turkey For World Refugee Day

The Huffington Post | Stephanie Marcus | Posted 06.22.2015 | Entertainment

Since 2001, Angelina Jolie has carried out more than 40 humanitarian missions in her role as UN High Commissioner for Refugees Goodwill Ambassador, an...

Take Action and Help World's Refugees

William Lambers | Posted 06.20.2015 | Impact
William Lambers

Even when refugees do manage to find safety, they still face a daily struggle to find food and obtain other basics of life. Children suffer the most and are at risk of deadly malnutrition.

The World's Poorest Country Has No Borders

Richard Stearns | Posted 06.19.2015 | Religion
Richard Stearns

While the world's refugees would fill an entire country, they have no land, no borders, no security, no hope and almost no friends. It is time to change that.

Why World Refugee Day is a Jewish Holiday

Mark Hetfield | Posted 06.19.2015 | World
Mark Hetfield

World Refugee Day is a Jewish holiday because the Jewish story is the refugee story. But it is not just about us remembering that we were once refugees. It is about us fulfilling the solemn pledge that never again will refugees be turned over to their persecutors.

Searching for Normal

CARE | Posted 06.19.2015 | Impact

On this World Refugee Day, we need more than symbolic platitudes, speeches and statistical references, we need international community action. The Syria crisis, or more to the point, war, is approaching its fifth year with devastating consequences.

Lights Out: Why You Should be Closing Your Eyes this World Refugee Day

Jehmu Greene | Posted 06.19.2015 | Impact
Jehmu Greene

Close your eyes for a few moments and imagine what it would be like to live in pitch black, night after night. The setting of the sun no longer a thing of beauty, instead a daily reminder that your family is about to be forced to eat, drink, read, pray, study, visit the restroom and otherwise survive in the dark.

Refugees: Existence. Resistance. Persistence.

Chaker Khazaal | Posted 06.18.2015 | Impact
Chaker Khazaal

World Refugee Day, held each year on June 20th, honors the resilience, courage and determination of more than 50 million refugees forced to flee their homeland under the threat of persecution and violence.

Rising Numbers of LGBTI Refugees Facing Fight for Survival

Neil Grungras | Posted 08.20.2014 | Impact
Neil Grungras

The recent upsurge in persecution of LGBTI people across the globe has sent the number of refugee applications rising sharply. As long as the abuses continue, the numbers will surely escalate.

5 Things We Can Do for Refugees (First, Change the Way We Think About Them)

Lorna Solis | Posted 08.20.2014 | Impact
Lorna Solis

In refugee camps they are given a tent, enough food and basic medication -- but not the right to travel, or even to work. Forced to rely on aid, they are regarded as a burden. Changing the way we think about them is the first thing we can do.

Syrian Parents Are Selling Young Girls Into Sham Marriages to Avoid Refugee Status

Sam McCormack | Posted 08.20.2014 | Impact
Sam McCormack

Not only are Syrian girls as young as 15 with refugee status being sold into marriage, the marriages are effectively shams and more apparently, sexual servitude -- whereby the wealthy husband divorces his wife after a few days.

#MeWeSyria: Resistance and Hope

Mohsin Mohi-Ud Din | Posted 08.20.2014 | Impact
Mohsin Mohi-Ud Din

The barriers are perceived as unbreakable, but what I found was that barriers can and will be broken down all the time, all around us. The world may be failing the youth of Syria by not realizing peace, but the youth of Syria will not fail the world.

17 Haunting Images That Remind Us Why We Can't Forget The World's Refugee Children

The Huffington Post | Amanda Golden | Posted 06.20.2014 | World

Each year on World Refugee Day, the world honors the courage and the resilience of millions of people across the globe who have been forced to flee fr...

For First Time Since WWII There Are More Than 50 Million Refugees

AP | DIAA HADID and JOSEPH KRAUSS | Posted 08.20.2014 | World

TAZA KHORMATO, Iraq (AP) — In a battered car loaded with blankets and clothes, Hassan Abbas and his mother left a dusty town in northern Iraq, fleei...

On World Refugee Day, Let's Commit to Make the Prevention of Violence Against Women and Girls in Conflict a Priority

Sarah Costa | Posted 08.19.2014 | Impact
Sarah Costa

From physical and psychological abuse, rape and genital mutilation to exploitation and human trafficking, gender-based violence (GBV) has profound and long-lasting consequences for individuals, families and communities.

WATCH: Refugee Turned Supermodel On First Time She Felt Fear

The Huffington Post | Nader Salass | Posted 06.21.2013 | Impact

South-Sudanese supermodel and UN Goodwill Ambassador Alek Wek joined HuffPost Live to share her story of being a refugee on the run to strutting down ...

Amid Pain, Opportunities to Help Syrian Refugees via the UN

Peter Yeo | Posted 08.20.2013 | World
Peter Yeo

Today -- on World Refugee Day -- the pain of Syrian refugees takes center-stage in the ongoing two-year civil war. The pain may be hard to imagine, but the opportunities to help are not.

On World Refugee Day, Syria Is Calling, But Is It Loud Enough?

CARE | Posted 08.20.2013 | Impact

Several of my relatives lost their lives. Homes and businesses of relatives were destroyed. These are some examples of how one family −- my family -- is being affected.

Women, Men, Refugees, UFOs and the CIA: The Places Documentary Can Go at Sheffield Doc Fest 2013

Vivian Norris | Posted 08.18.2013 | Entertainment
Vivian Norris

Sitting down on the bus carrying us out through the stunning Darbyshire countryside to a cavern where we would watch an Opening Night film for the Sheffield Doc Fest, little did I know what the woman sitting next to me would come to represent for me.

Life as a Syrian Refugee

Caroline Gluck | Posted 08.18.2013 | World
Caroline Gluck

More than one million Syrians have now been forced to leave their country because of conflict; with millions more displaced inside Syria. They need our help now, and they will need our help for years to come.

The Middle East's Greatest Untold Story

Ron Prosor | Posted 09.04.2012 | World
Ron Prosor

This month the United Nations marks World Refugee Day, a star-studded, multimedia campaign to raise awareness about the plight of refugees. Yet mention of one group of refugees will be noticeably absent: the 850,000 Jews expelled from Arab countries during the past six decades.

Connecting Islam and International Law to Help Refugees

Fahad Faruqui | Posted 08.22.2012 | Religion
Fahad Faruqui

In recent years, Muslim countries especially have seen a huge growth in refugees. In this context, it is especially important to understand the Islamic principles relevant to refugees and the connection to international law.

Heroes Among Refugee Camps

Kristin Lindsey | Posted 08.21.2012 | Impact
Kristin Lindsey

World Refugee Day is a time to take note of the many courageous heroes who are working to take control of their lives and assisting others to emerge from harrowing, debilitating situations.

A Second Chance in a New Land

Sid Mohn | Posted 08.21.2012 | Chicago
Sid Mohn

Right now there are nearly 44 million refugees across the world. Eighty percent of them are women and children. They are survivors and they come with complex needs.

Strong Girls, Powerful Women: It's Time To Give Refugee Girls a Chance

Sarah Costa | Posted 08.20.2012 | Impact
Sarah Costa

On this World Refugee Day, I have in front of me the faces of the young refugee girls the Women's Refugee Commission met on a recent visit to Ethiopia...