September 17, 2021

The Editor Speaks: World Refugee Day

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Today (20) is World Refugee Day.

World Refugee Day commemorates the obstacles refugees face each year, while also celebrating their courage and strength. Since 2001, the United Nations and more than 100 countries have observed World Refugee Day annually on June 20th.

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees has started the #WithRefugees petition to send a message of action, solidarity, and responsibility on behalf of refugees to governments worldwide.

Together, we can work to end the refugee crisis and find homes for displaced peoples worldwide. Here are seven facts to help you better understand the current refugee crisis, and how you can help:

According to the UNHCR, there are 65.3 million forcibly displaced people around the world.

More than 21 million of these people are refugees and 10 million are stateless.

On average, 42,500 people per day flee their homes to seek protection within the borders of their own country or other countries.

In the last year alone, there have been 13.9 million people newly displaced.

The civil war in Syria has led to one of the worst humanitarian crises of our lifetime.

More than 11 million Syrians are currently displaced. This amounts to 45% of the Syrian population.

86% of the world’s refugees are hosted by developing countries.

This number has jumped by 16% in the last decade. Refugees only account for a tiny percentage of overall immigration.

The world’s largest refugee camp is located in Dadaab, Kenya, which is home to more than 329,000 people.

The Dadaab refugee camp was been threatened with closures due to potential security risks.

Of the 20 million refugees worldwide, 51% are under the age of 18.

This is the highest number of child refugees since World War II.

The first-ever Refugee Team competed at the 2016 Olympics in Rio.

The team was comprised of athletes from Ethiopia, South Sudan, The Democratic Republic of Congo, and Syria.

SOURCE: https://www.globalgiving.org/world-refugee-day/?rf=ggad_18&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIhcHb5J_e2wIVTyWBCh09uwTLEAAYASAAEgL7wvD_BwE

Here in the Cayman Islands we have twenty people waiting to learn the outcome on their asylum application. At one time we had over one hundred.

Our own Cayman Islands Human Rights Commission have issued a statement (see tiNews Cayman article published today “Statement on World Refugee Day) ending:

“Whilst improvements in some very significant areas have been made by the Government, the
Commission continues to urge public authorities to work alongside non-governmental organisations
such as the Red Cross, churches, pro-bono legal services, etc. to continue to improve the treatment of
refugees as a vulnerable population.”

When I see the shocking scenes of refugees with their children trying to flee the misery inflicted upon them by other nations and their desperation my heart cries as none of this should happen.

The name “The United Nations” is the least honest description of any organisation on this planet!!!

There talk is not cheap. And as for action……..

I’d like to gather up everyone of the organisation’s members and drop them off with the refugees. Even one day might help. And please add Donald Trump!

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