Justice and Peace Issues
World Refugee Day
On June 20, we recognize the 26 million refugees in our world. Refugees are some of the most resilient, yet vulnerable, people on the planet. Their vulnerability has increased tremendously during the COVID-19 pandemic. Not only have host nations stopped accepting incoming refugees, but people in “displaced communities are at high risk for contracting and spreading the virus” since the cramped and unsanitary living spaces make it nearly impossible to maintain social distancing or sanitation guidelines. Let us pray that our global community will learn to welcome the stranger, to make peace without violence, and to live in solidarity with one another. Click here to “Get to Know a Refugee”, and here to learn more about how the pandemic is affecting refugees.
The United Nations High Commission on Refugees has set the 2020 Theme: Every Action Counts The COVID-19 pandemic and the recent anti-racism protests have shown us how desperately we need to fight for a more inclusive and equal world: a world where no one is left behind. It has never been clearer that all of us have a role to play in order to bring about change. The belief that everyone can make a difference is at the heart of UNHCR’s World Refugee Day campaign. This year, the UNHCR aims to remind the world that everyone, including refugees, can contribute to society and Every Action Counts in the effort to create a more just, inclusive, and equal world.
Click on his name to watch a message from Filippo Grandi United Nations High Commissioner on Refugees.
Please visit the Justice Prayers to pray with and for refugees.