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June 20th, 2009
08:14 AM ET

World Refugee Day

According to the UNHCR's annual "2008 Global Trends" report, the number of people displaced worldwide stood at 42 million at the end of last year.

World Refugee Day brings attention and focus to these 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.

 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: Fredricka Whitfield
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  1. Tom Nelson

    Your recent report that some of the Basij and/or other local security forces on the streets of Tehran are foreigners (they do not speak Farsi), ties in well with what I was told during my visit to Iran last year – that there was a large Arab community (primarily Iraqi) living in or around Shahr-e-Ray at the south end of Tehran, and that they had been recruited as Basijis
    While there is a small Arab minority in Iran (in the southwest of the country near Iraq), the bulk of Iranians are either Persian – and thus native Farsi speakers – or Turkomen who all speak Farsi in addition to their own language. Anyone living in Tehran who does not speak Farsi, is definitely from out-of-country. This use of foreigners as Basij will further alienate the Iranian people from their current government.

    June 20, 2009 at 1:27 pm |
  2. Ali

    CNN: I am an Iranian American and following the news , and sad about the people specially women who are losing their lives. I just heard that one of the commentators calling it a LipStick revolution, frankly I was offended.

    June 20, 2009 at 6:51 pm |
  3. Tina Lowder

    My daughter is in Marseille, France, visiting this week, and today in the street thousands of Muslim's demonstrated because of the election in Iran. There has been no footage or report of this incident on any channel or internet that I can find. You might want to check with your sources in Marseille, France, to get the whole story.
    My daugher said she and her friend were so frightened they headed for the nearest Metro station and returned to their hotel and planned to stay here all afternoon and evening. This happened about 12noon our time (Central time).
    Thank you for looking into this.

    June 20, 2009 at 11:14 pm |
  4. ayishia quandisha

    We need to focus on these situation, before we run up and down meddling in each others affair!

    June 23, 2009 at 8:14 am |
  5. Derek Tucker

    Frederika love the clothes have on you always look so beautiful your awesome!

    June 27, 2009 at 4:39 pm |

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