#RefugeesBelong Pins to March for World Refugee Day on June 20 June 18 2018
According to the United Nations, 20 people leave their home and everything they know every single minute. They are escaping war, terror and persecution.
June 20 is World Refugee Day, when the focus is turned to those people who have fled their homes and their countries out of fear.
It is a day to show support for refugees and their families; to recognize their strength, courage and perseverance.
It is also a day to take a stand for the work being done to support refugees and what still needs to be done.
There are marches and events happening in cities and communities all over the world.
Here in Toronto there will be a march hosted by Amnesty International and other local organizations that work to support refugees. It begins at 9:30 in Dundas Square (downtown Toronto intersection of Yonge and Dundas) and will be a walk through the community stopping at 6 community organizations along the way. The walk will end in Regent Park with a lunch happening from 12-2pm. Anyone looking to participate can attend any or all of the event. Contact info for the event can be found here.
You can also learn more about World Refugee Day 2018 and find resources on the United Nations website.
"This not about sharing a burden. It is about sharing a global responsibility, based not only the broad idea of our common humanity but also on the very specific obligations of international law. The root problems are war and hatred, not people who flee; refugees are among the first victims of terrorism." — UN Secretary-General, António Guterres