On 20 June, we celebrate World Refugee Day. A day celebrated every year since 2001, to raise awareness of the plight of refugees around the world. It is a time to reflect on the challenges refugees face and a moment to remember that they are first and foremost people like us, with hopes and dreams, who deserve to be and feel safe and have a chance to build a better life.
1 in 122 people in the world travels
Accord to the latest report of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) published on Friday 18 June 2021, 82.4 million people are displaced within or outside their country. This is an increase of 4% compared to the high record of 79.5 million people registered in late 2019. Most of these people live in a country with low revenue, and one in 122 is now displaced.
This number if quite alarming, and will keep on growing, because climate change is triggering even more extreme events. As a consequence more and more people are travelling, and conflicts continue to rage across the world.
Today we remember the millions of refugees around the world who are struggling to find safety and a place to call home. As we think about the challenges they face, we need to remember that it's not just about them, but also about us. The refugee crisis is indeed an opportunity for all of us to reflect on our own privilege and power, and how we can use it to help others in need.
Here's how you can help:
1) Donate to the United Nations Refugee Agency or NGOs. They provide emergency assistance to refugees, through their own programmes, and support other organisations around the world.
2) Donate clothes or other items intended for refugees and their families to organisations such as the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC), who has been providing humanitarian assistance since 1917. You can donate online or find your local centre here.
3) Volunteer at a local organisation that helps refugees arriving from all over the world, who need help finding housing, employment, education, health care and legal assistance. You can volunteer even while sharing their cause.
We believe in the power of community based on love and mutual support. We'd also like you to join in. We celebrate the resilience of refugees around the world, so please take this opportunity to show your support for our neighbours and friends who have been displaced from their homes and everything they know.
How does HIERO help?
Over at HIERO, we are proud to support causes that help refugees get back on their feet and thrive. We believe that one of the ways to do this is through our translation solution, designed to help organisations and refugees get their documents within 48 hours.
We have worked hard to ensure that our solution is accessible to any person or organisation with a smartphone or computer, whether they are in an urban centre or a remote rural area, whether they speak English, Spanish, French or Arabic. We help them translate their documents into over 100 languages, including rare languages such as Wolof, Swahili, Dari, etc.
Sworn/certified translation is at the heart of every refugee protection issue. We are proud of our work so far, but we know there is still a lot to do. Contact us directly if you would like to know more.
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