06/20/2010 11:17 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

World Refugee Day: Remember the Millions Displaced Around the World

Sunday is World Refugee Day, sadly underscored this year by the 400,000 people who have fled their homes in Kyrgyzstan. I would urge us all to remember the millions of people around the world who remain homeless--displaced from their communities as a result of war, natural disaster and other conflicts.

For too many people around the world, displacement is a regular part of their lives, and there is no end in sight. Children, particularly young girls, are extremely vulnerable when they are homeless. They are living in a constant state of chaos, often in conflict zones, and with very little hope for their future.

Both refugees and internally displaced people (or people who have been forced to leave their home but have remained in their own country) in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Sudan, Uganda, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Afghanistan and elsewhere continue to struggle to find peace and
stability for themselves and their families.

World Refugee Day