This World Refugee Day, youth and adult mentors at Refugee Education & Adventure Challenge (REACH) created a video message to celebrate the Chicago community that has become their home and to mark the importance of making sure everyone feels safe in a JUST, INCLUSIVE, and EQUAL world.
During this time of COVID, we also celebrate refugees who are on the frontline fighting the pandemic, their hosts, and aid workers supporting them. World Refugee Day honors the strength and determination of refugees and encourages public awareness and support of refugees, people who have had to flee their home lands because of conflict or natural disaster.
The world is witnessing the highest levels of displacement on record. An unprecedented 70.8 million people around the world have been forced from home by conflict and persecution at the end of 2018. Among them are nearly 30 million refugees, over half of whom are under the age of 18. There are also millions of stateless people, who have been denied a nationality and access to basic rights such as education, healthcare, employment and freedom of movement.