A Bigger Table: 7 Ways to Observe World Refugee Day

Irreverin | 6/20/2019 | Staff
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First, the numbers:

There are 71 million refugees in the world right now. Per a recent United Nations report, that means there are more people displaced from their homes by war and persecution than at any other time in human history. Or, to look at it another way: 1 in every 108 people on the planet has been displaced.

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You can try, but there is no making that math work. It is tragic, heartbreaking, impossible. But it is true.

In the year 2000, the United Nations declared June 20 to be World Refugee Day, and the global community has observed that date ever since. That first celebration fell nearly 50 years after the first Convention on the Status of Refugees, and now, nearly 20 years after that, we still recognize the day as a moment to lift up the strength, perseverance and dignity of displaced people all over the world.

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The word “celebration” might feel counterintuitive here, given the horrific global conditions that create a refugee crisis to begin with. But that’s just what this day is meant to be: a celebration of the human capacity to overcome those circumstances and rebuild a new life. It is also a tribute to the many ways in which resettled refugees contribute to the fullness of life in their new communities around the world.

In that spirit, here are few ways to “celebrate” today. And make the world safer, kinder and more just while you’re at it.

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Listen to stories. A local radio station in Louisville has planned a whole day of programming around World Refugee Day. They’ll feature local leaders involved in refugee and immigration services, hear stories from resettled families, and feature music highlighting the culture that refugees have brought to our area. The special is a group effort on the part of the Red Cross, Catholic...
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