World Refugee Day - 2019
Today, June 20th is World Refugee Day, which provides an opportunity to reflect on the sufferings of displaced people who are victims of violence and had to flee their own homeland. This is an occasion to highlight the plight of refugees around the world, commend their resilience, and express gratitude to their hosts. This year the theme is "#StepWithRefugees--Take a Step on World Refugee Day", what we can do to provide them security to prevent future displacement.
World Refugee Day is observed to remind that as long as violence and persecution continue, there will be a pressing need for comprehensive humanitarian action and a global response.
More than 71 million people worldwide have been forced to flee and are in need of kind hearts to assist them in their tough times. According to the United Nations, 85 per cent of refugees around the world are being hosted by the poorest countries. Bangladesh, a beacon of hope and an inspiration for other countries as we have saved the lives of more than a million Rohingya that fled ethnic cleansing in Myanmar since August 2017.
We were one of the first nations to respond to the Rohinga crisis, both to call for an end to the violence in Myanmar, as well as to provide them with different aids, life-saving humanitarian assistance. Not only that we are still working with Myanmar and other international organisations for their safe repatriation and preparing the groundwork for a sustainable future for those displaced people. Moreover, we are working with are working with the international community and partners to explore all options to ensure that there will be justice for victims, and that those responsible for slaughter, rape and other human rights violations will be reprimanded.
Why do people forcefully have to flee from their own homeland? They had to flee to escape persecution or violent conflict and terrorism. Often, people flee because their towns have been turned into battlefields and staying back means surrendering to death. But shelter, support, aids, assistance from neighbouring countries can feel them safe and secured.
However, an imaginary shadow line has been drawn to forcefully breakup nations. But through collective generosity, compassion and action, we may join together on World Refugee Day to take a collective oath to decrease the number of forcibly displaced people suffering throughout the world.