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Liberia celebrates World Refugee Day

Joseph T. Koon
Flashback of some Internally Displaced Persons in Liberia
Flashback of some Internally Displaced Persons in Liberia

MONROVIA, LIBERIA – Liberia is today, Monday, June 20, 2916, commemorating World Refugee Day along with other member states of the United Nations.

The Day is being observed as a Working Holiday throughout the country.

This followed a Proclamation issued Sunday, June 19, 2016 by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.

According to the Proclamation, this year’s World Refugee Day is being held under the theme, “We Stand Together With Refugees.”

Meanwhile, official ceremonies befitting the Day are simultaneously taking place at the Little Wlebo Refugee Camp, Maryland County and other sites, including the UNHCR Bahn Refugee Camp, Nimba County, PTP Camp, Grand Gedeh County and Monrovia, Montserrado County, respectively.

A  Foreign Ministry release says the Presidential Proclamation is consistent with the United Nations General Assembly Resolution, 55/76, declaring June 20 each year as World Refugee Day

It is also commemorated annually to acknowledge the difficulties faced by refugees forced to cross international borders, including Iinternally Displaced Persons (IDPs).

The Day is also in recognition of the courage and resilience of more than 50 million persons around the world forced to flee their homes due to conflicts or human rights abuses.

In the Proclamation, President Sirleaf said: “The celebration is a national platform intended to raise awareness and promote solidarity with the refugees through social media and radio programs to enable UNHCR disseminate information on the plight of refugees.”

As a founding member, Liberia has been committed to implementing and promoting the Charter of the United Nations and other protocols of its Specialized Agencies over the years.

 


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