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June 18th, 2009
09:11 AM ET

WORLD REFUGEE DAY

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World Refugee Day brings attention and focus to the 42 million people who are forcibly displaced by natural disasters, armed conflict and persecution.

Although the number of uprooted people across the world dropped slightly last year, displacement in the conflict zones in Sri Lanka and Pakistan and the ongoing crisis in Somalia this year have "already more than offset the decline," the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees says.

CNN's David McKenzie recently reported from the Hagadera camp in Daadab Kenya, what could be described as the epicenter of the refugee crisis. Swelled by fleeing Somalis, this camp built to handle 90,000 now holds over 274,000, making this the world's largest refugee camp.

To learn more about World Refugee Day, and the numerous organizations working to ease the plight of refugees, please visit our Impact Your World page.


Filed under: Impact Your World • Tony Harris
soundoff (5 Responses)
  1. Paula Goldman

    Just turned on the morning news to see a prolonged image of Angelina Jolie............just silent film no voice...............CNN saying she is speaking at the UN about World Refugee Day. CNN seemed more interested in the image of Jolie than what she was saying and why she was there. The news was about her being there not about what was actually going on there. Could we have some real news on Refugee Day or at least hear what Jolie has to say.........not just look at her.
    Thanks........Paula Goldman

    June 18, 2009 at 11:01 am |
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    about the new health care reform on medicare drugs, now that the pharmaceutical companys have stepped up, i think that the HMO companys should step up and add some more medications to their formulary drug lists.
    one step at a time, our world can become more livable.

    June 22, 2009 at 12:31 pm |
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