With around one million Rohingya people taking refuge in Bangladesh, the World Refugee Day was observed all over the country like elsewhere around the globe on Wednesday.
June 20 is the day when the world commemorates the strength, courage and perseverance of millions of refugees.Some 671,000 refugees fled into Bangladesh from Myanmar’s Rakhine State in less than six months starting in August 2017.
Marking the day, different programmes were held in the capital city and Cox’s Bazar.
UNHCR began an eight-day art exhibition styled, ‘Art for Humanity: The Flight and Resilience of the Rohingya’ at Cox’s Bazar Art Club on Wednesday.
A panel discussion titled ‘1971 Refugee Experience: Reflections on Past and Present’ will be held on June 28 in collaboration with Bangladesh Liberation War Museum.
According to UNHCR, one in every 113 people has been forced to flee their homes because of war or persecution in the world.
In September 2016, global leaders agreed to work towards a Global Compact for refugees and in 2018 where all parts of society stand together #WithRefugees and do their fair share instead of leaving individual states to bear the burden of mass forced displacement.Like every year, the United Nations Refugee Agency has released a report marking the importance of the day.
“Wars, other violence and persecution drove worldwide forced displacement to a new high in 2017 for the fifth year in a row, led by the crisis in Democratic Republic of the Congo, South Sudan’s war and the flight into Bangladesh from Myanmar of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees,” read the UN statement.
US Ambassador Marcia Bernicat issued a statement on the World Refugee Day, saying Bangladesh stands out as a beacon of hope and inspiration.
“Bangladesh has saved lives of more than 700,000 Rohingyas that fled ethnic cleansing in Burma since August 2017, and is working with Burma to lay the groundwork for a sustainable future for those displaced,” she said.