World Refugee Day 2017

Every minute, 24 people leave everything behind to escape war, persecution or terror.

World Refugee Day marks the need to show support to refugees all over the world, to stand with them in their plight, and honour the courage, strength and determination of women, men and children who are forced to flee their homeland under threat of persecution, conflict and violence.

In a world struggling to overcome war and conflict—where there is mass displacement of people—volunteerism plays a pivotal role in ensuring the delivery and sustainability in UN peace interventions and humanitarian assistance provided to people in transition or crisis. In the words of a serving UN Volunteer, “Anyone can be a refugee and that is the stark reality the world has to come to terms with.”

UNRWA Lebanon approached the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) in 2015 seeking a way to recruit teachers to support the learning needs of Palestinian refugee children arriving from Syria — refugees twice-displaced due to conflict in the region. UNRWA wanted to assure that education could be provided to these children to help them recover from the shocks of conflict and to give them future opportunities to succeed in life despite their circumstance.