World Refugee Week 2021

The World Refugee Week marks the importance of working together to understand and help vulnerable individuals who have been forced to flee their own countriesdue to reason of war, oppression and persecution.

No one leaves home

unless Home is the mouth of a shark

You only run for the border

When you see the whole city running as well.                      ‘Home’ by Warsan Shire 

 

It is a disturbing fact that, due to the many upheavals in the world, the number of refugees has increased.  

World Refugee Day kicks off Refugee Week when communities activate to provide a range of initiatives locally and globally. The purpose is to bring attention to those who, through no fault of their own, are left vulnerable and helpless. The UNHCR theme this year is Together we heal, learn and shine. The focus is on ensuring refugee access to medical assistance, education and sport. Three important elements that represent fundamental ways of engaging with society as individuals. Sounds simple doesn’t it? However, the reality for refugees is that they are often marginalised from the provision of basic care for themselves, and their children. They are often unable to afford, or, are prevented from accessing educational opportunities, let alone the experience of participating in a recreational activity or achieving their potential in a sporting endeavor.   

At Segmento, we are dedicated to honor values around human rights and are pleased to bring to your attention to UNHCR’s important work.  

On a personal note, this is the first of my communications as the incoming Editor-in-Chief of Segmento, and to be able to draw attention to World Refugee Day is only fitting. My own work with refugees and asylum seekers in Australia has spanned over 25 years. Regrettably, the world has not found a solution to the refugee crisis. We can however, draw on our own agency. Think, do. I hope you will take some time to learn a little more about refugee sand engage with empathy.  Knowing more about this issue is important. It will help you challenge any misunderstandings– and enable you to respond with compassion.  

UNHCR and your own local communities provide resources and information on events you might find of interest.

Segmento will publish three articles this week with focus on the plight of refugees. This introductory article and two from the UNHCR. I hope you will join Segmento in making a small but significant difference.  From little things – big things do grow. 

Donations can also be made through https://www.unrefugees.org.au/segmento