UNCHR calls for refugees’ solidarity

There are more than 65 million people who have been forced to flee their countries due to war, persecution and violence, Vincent Parker Acting UNHCR Representative has said.

“We need to ask ourselves on what to do to stop the marginalization of refugees and other displaced persons,” Parker said.

He added that June 20th is the day the world commemorates the strength, courage and perseverance of millions of refugees forced out of their homes and countries due to violence, war, persecution and economic instability.

Parker said today people are living in a world of “uncertainty” due to economic instability and violence which sometimes make them to shut their eyes or close their doors.

He said fear and elimination could not lead us to a better place because it is time to change those tragedies for better.

Parker stressed that South Sudan has 272,000 refugees as a result of May 2017 incident that took place in South Kordofan and Blue Nile states.

He said there are also two million people who are internally displaced in the country.

“Welcoming refugees cannot be at the expense of helping others but it shows broadly support to all who need a hand and recognizing that working together helps us win,” he said.

He continued that UNHCR and the Commission of Refugee Affairs need to work with the government, local communities to find solutions by helping those who have been forced to flee their homes.

Parker said they strongly believe that everybody has a responsibility to give refugees and internally displaced people hope for the future which he said to accomplish, needs concerted efforts of working together.

The UNCHR official said World refugee Day, is the day when people pose to contemplate the fate of the millions of people who cannot return to their homes because of war and persecution.

By Scovia Duku



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