World Refugee Day

Joshua Ostroff

This Doctor Speaks 7 Languages. And He's A Canadian Refugee.

HuffingtonPost.com | Joshua Ostroff | Posted 06.24.2016 | Canada Living

"I'm here. I don't know anybody. I don't know where to go. But I'm coming to seek safety."

World Refugee Day: Protecting Children Whose Only Home Is Hope

David Morley | Posted 06.20.2016 | Canada Impact
David Morley

As I flew home from Jordan earlier this year, I tried to digest all of the stories I had just heard: Families of Syrian refugees telling me of their ornate houses back home, now destroyed; of their extended families all living together, many of those family members now dead; of being forced to flee everything that they knew within a matter of minutes, even seconds.

MPs Who Arrived As Refugees Describe How It Feels To Be Embraced

The Huffington Post Canada | Ryan Maloney | Posted 06.20.2016 | Canada Politics

"You can come from any part of the world, you can love anyone."

Embrace Our Shared Humanity This World Refugee Day

Caroline Riseboro | Posted 06.20.2016 | Canada Impact
Caroline Riseboro

Each refugee-producing situation is different and could be caused by a range of catalysts, including war, political unrest, terrorism or even climate change. However, within each situation, there is one constant: that the needs of girls consistently go unheard and unmet.

Technology Puts Canadians Right Into Refugee Camps

World Vision | Posted 06.20.2016 | Canada Impact
World Vision

Today is World Refugee Day, a date to remember the plight of refugees everywhere. It's an occasion we've marked five times since the conflict in Syria began. We wanted to find a way to give Canadians a new perspective on the situation.

Refugee Numbers Rising, And So Are The Dangers They Face: UN

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 06.20.2016 | Canada Politics

By the end of last year, 65.3 million people had been forcibly displaced from their homes.

This Is Such A Good Idea, Period

Oxfam Canada | Posted 06.17.2016 | Canada Impact
Oxfam Canada

A new how-to manual for aid workers lays out the issues and practical steps that all must take to ensure women's sexual and reproductive health and rights, including menstrual health that is a precursor to preventing and mitigating gender based violence. Included in these guidelines is a specific requirement to ensure dignified access to hygiene-related materials.

World Refugee Day: Canada Should Lead By Example And Do More

Hélène Laverdière | Posted 06.16.2016 | Canada Politics
Hélène Laverdière

I believe Canada must do more and become a global model. Canada should increase its acceptance of refugees, regardless of their home country. A refugee is a refugee, regardless of their origin. Settling a larger number of refugees each year is just one solution Canada could consider. Canada should also provide increased humanitarian assistance in crisis situations, and increase its development assistance in fragile states.

We Must Uphold Promises To Global Refugee Community

Stephen Cornish | Posted 06.16.2016 | Canada Impact
Stephen Cornish

The current global migration crisis has been exacerbated by governments shirking their obligations to protect people during their most vulnerable moments. States are increasingly disregarding their responsibilities to uphold the rights of migrants and refugees, and are failing to treat them with humanity and dignity.

Toronto Ads Perfectly Debunk Idea That Muslims Don't Belong Here

The Huffington Post Canada | Maham Abedi | Posted 06.16.2016 | Canada Living

"Toronto for all."

A Life Displaced Is Still A Life With Hope And Dreams

Oxfam Canada | Posted 06.15.2016 | Canada Impact
Oxfam Canada

Whether through civil war or other forms of conflict, natural disasters or climate related disasters such as drought, the global scale of displaced people is unprecedented. The United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) estimates there are now over 60 million forcibly displaced people around the world including 19.5 million refugees -- the highest number on record!

This Ramadan, Let's Call For An End To The Global Refugee Crisis

Islamic Relief Canada | Posted 05.30.2016 | Canada Impact
Islamic Relief Canada

The holy month of Ramadan is upon us. This is a time when Muslims all around the world abstain from all food, drink and sexual pleasure during daylight hours. It is also a time when Muslims remember those less fortunate around the world by giving a portion of their wealth to charitable causes. Every Ramadan, here at Islamic Relief Canada, we pick a global issue that we campaign and fundraise on, and this month we're calling for more action towards ending the global refugee crisis.

My Refugee Journey Involves Gunshots, Homelessness and Hope

Patrick Bizindavyi | Posted 06.20.2016 | Canada Impact
Patrick Bizindavyi

Over the following months in 2001, the violence continued in Burundi between the rebels and the government. My passion for my work diminished. I no longer felt like doing anything. I even stopped watching the news on TV, or even listening to it on my own radio station. Everything looked hopeless. In 2002, some Canadian journalists visited Burundi. If I were going to ask for help, it was now or never. Six months later, they invited me to visit Canada, and I jumped on the opportunity. I arrived in Canada with $60 in my pocket -- my mother's life savings.

The Number of Refugees in the World Today Is an Unacceptable Catastrophe

Rosemary McCarney | Posted 06.18.2016 | Canada Impact
Rosemary McCarney

This Saturday, June 20, is the UN World Refugee Day. It's a day set aside every year to recognize the plight of refugees and acknowledge the efforts of those who assist them, often in the face of life-threatening obstacles. We need to recognize realities but not despair. We need to focus the global mind on our collective responsibility. We need to roll up our sleeves and help those who are so deserving of our assistance while urging others to double and triple their efforts to end the underlying conditions that have created this unacceptable human catastrophe.

Educating Young Refugees Is a Path to Sustainable International Development

Development Unplugged | Posted 06.17.2016 | Canada Impact
Development Unplugged

On World Refugee Day 2015 (June 20), events around the world recognize the more than 50 million people who have been forcibly displaced from their homes. It is a day to reflect on the strength and resilience of the millions who have fled their countries and we acknowledge the efforts of individuals and groups who are devoted to supporting refugee populations.

How Canada Saved Me From Violence

Nam Kiwanuka | Posted 08.20.2013 | Canada Impact
Nam Kiwanuka

Before we left Kampala, Uganda's capital, it was a daily occurrence for me as a young child to see dead bodies in the street and to fall asleep to the sounds of machine guns and screams. And when my father failed to come home, I always thought that his voice was one of those screams I heard in the night.

By Taking Away Refugee Benefits, Canada Is Taking Away Its Traditions

Samuel Getachew | Posted 08.23.2012 | Canada Politics
Samuel Getachew

Just over a decade ago, the UN declared June 20th as World Refugee Day. But in Canada today, we are losing our noble traditions of welcoming refugees and giving them full benefits. Thankfully, there are organizations like the Canada Centre for Victims of Torture that are trying to help out these immigrants in any way they can.