GENEVA, June 20 (UNHCR) – As forced displacement reaches dramatic proportions globally, the UN refugee agency is encouraging and inviting family and friends around the world today to mark a sombre World Refugee Day
"There are now more than 45 million refugees and internally displaced people – the highest level in nearly 20 years," said UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in a special message for the day. "Figures give only a glimpse of this enormous human tragedy. Every day, conflict tears apart the lives of thousands of families. They may be forced to leave loved ones behind or become separated in the chaos of war."
Family is the theme of the day this year and this has been very much in the minds of UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres and UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie, who are both in Jordan to draw attention to the suffering of more refugees.