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Thursdays in Black: Refuge for Refugees

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Why Wear Black?

It’s perfectly simple: for one day a week, wear black to show your support for survivors of discrimination and violence, and to work together for a world without brutality. In addition, I have decided to add a weekly feature to this blog, in which I will feature a specific Human Rights-related link, article, blog post or other media item and discussion, encouraging others to get involved. Read my first post here.

Link of the Day:

UNHCR – The UN Refugee Agency

Why I Chose this Link:

Hard as it may be to believe for those of us living in relative safety, a staggering number of people do not have the luxury of stability in their environment. Some 43.3 million people have been forcibly displaced from their homes by violence or persecution, with almost 1 million new asylum seekers in the past year alone. The UN Refugee Agency was founded in 1950 by the United Nations to help protect and potentially repatriate those forced out of their homes. In their own words:

The agency is mandated to lead and co-ordinate international action to protect refugees and resolve refugee problems worldwide. Its primary purpose is to safeguard the rights and well-being of refugees. It strives to ensure that everyone can exercise the right to seek asylum and find safe refuge in another State, with the option to return home voluntarily, integrate locally or to resettle in a third country.

In more than five decades, the agency has helped people restart their lives.

An important and sadly necessary Agency, whose work should be supported.