UNHCR message for World Refugee Day – 20 June

Post Date: Jun 4th, 2011 | Categories: Advocacy | COMMENT

Dear Supporters –

UNHCR turned 60 on 14th December 2010, kicking off a year of special activities to commemorate all the achievements we have accomplished over the past 60 years.  The highlight of all the activities this year will of course be World Refugee Day on June 20.  This will be a day on which we express our care and concern for refugees and other displaced people around the world. In Hong Kong, we will commemorate this special day with several exciting activities. Please come and join us!

UNHCR 60 Years Photo Exhibition                                                                        

Date: June 18-29
Time: 11am – 7pm
Venue: Central Oasis,
Central Market, Central

To commemorate this historical moment, we are organizing a “UNHCR 60 Years Photo Exhibition” at Central Oasis. Every picture tells a compelling story about the life of someone who UNHCR has helped.  The opening ceremony of the exhibition will be held on June 20 and we are pleased to have UNHCR Honorary Patron for China,  mainland actress Ms Yao Chen to be the guests of honor.

Details for the opening ceremony

“Be a Refugee” Event

Date: June 19
Time: 10am-1pm
Venue: Kowloon
Donation: $50

“The rebels are coming, run!”  Without a second thought, you flee from your home. Frightened, thirsty, hungry, and with no idea where your family members are, you must find your way…

During this unique challenge in “city orienteering”, you will try to reunite with your family members and locate essential food, water and shelter before time runs out! Step into the shoes of refugees and experience their journey. Please email your interest in participating in the “Be a Refugee” event to info@unhcr.org.hk or call 23883278.
*The exercise will be conducted in Cantonese, and is best for those 18 or above.

4th Refugee Film Festival                                                                  

Date: June 19-23
Time: Evening
Venue: Broadway Cinematheque, 3 Prosperous Garden, Yaumatei, Kowloon

The 4th Refugee Film Festival will be held at Broadway Cinematheque. Five films from around the world with refugee related stories will be screened. This year’s diverse features cover, among other things, genocide in Rwanda, separation of the Palestine territory and the lives of two Myanmarese refugee families who have resettled in the United Kingdom. The opening movie- “Sergio” tells a story about a humanitarian worker who devoted himself to upholding human dignity and was tragically killed in a bombing attack in Iraq. Don’t miss these inspiring and heart-rending movies!

Refugee Film Festival website

Get your ticket now!

In addition to participating in the events above, we sincerely invite you to help UNHCR by promoting World Refugee Day to your families, friends and companies. It’s as simple as displaying and circulating leaflets and posters, offering a free web banner advertisement in your website/blog, or promoting the events through our Facebook fans page – UNHCR Hong Kong!

We sincerely hope to see you at the World Refugee Day events! If you have any questions, or need more information, please call 2388 3278, or email info@unhcr.org.hk.