19 June 2012

Tunisia: World Refugee Day - Over 42 Million of Forcibly Displaced Persons

Photo: Kate Holt/IRIN
Women and children wait to receive a cooked meal at a food distribution organized by the WFP near the port in Mogadishu, Somalia

Tunis — "Refugees have no choice. You do," is the theme of the World Refugee Day which has been celebrated on June 20 each year for more than a decade now, to pay tribute to all refugees across the world.

In 2012, the number of uprooted persons across the world stands at 42.5 millions, said the report of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), published on Monday in Geneva. It is the highest number ever since 2000, the same source adds.

In Tunisia, nearly a year after the end of the conflict in Libya, the Shusha refugee camp counts 2 700 refugees and asylum seekers.

Over 1 500 refugees left the Shusha camp to resettle in various European countries, the United States and Canada. As to the others, waiting is hard to bear.

"We are working in close collaboration with the resettlement countries and the Tunisian government. We truly wish that joining all efforts will help us find lasting solutions for the Shusha refugees or in other countries, as soon as possible," UNHCR representative Ursula Schulze Aboubacar wrote in a press release on the occasion.

UNHCR will stage a new campaign, "Dilemmas," "One Refugee Deprived of Hope is Already too Much," which is a development of the award-winning campaign launched in 2011, to depict some of the tough choices facing refugees.

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