Department of Home Affairs and UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency commemorate World Refugee Day

Department of Home Affairs and UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency commemorate World Refugee Day on 18 and 20 June in eThekwini Municipality

South Africa is hosting 91,043 refugees and 218,299 asylum-seekers mainly from Somalia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Burundi and Zimbabwe

GENEVA, Switzerland, June 16, 2017/APO/ — World Refugee Day is marked each year on 20 June to honour the courage and resilience of families forced to flee war, violence or persecution. This year the Department of Home Affairs and UNHCR will commemorate World Refugee Day in eThekwini Municipality to promote social cohesion, tolerance and peaceful co-existence among refugees, asylum-seekers and host communities.

World Refugee Day celebrations kick-off with build-up events on Sunday 18 June at Inanda J.L. Dube Stadium with Fun Run/Walk as well as friendly football matches involving refugees, asylum-seekers and the local community.

On Tuesday 20 June at Play House Company, the Department of Home Affairs and UNHCR will organise structured community dialogues between refugees and the host community aiming at increasing knowledge on the rights and responsibilities of refugees, promote better understanding, social tolerance and mutual trust as well as respect for cultural diversity. Community discussions are followed by cultural entertainment as well as World Refugee Day remarks by refugees, provincial authorities, UNHCR and the Department of Home Affairs.

South Africa is hosting 91,043 refugees and 218,299 asylum-seekers mainly from Somalia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Burundi and Zimbabwe (as of 31 December 2016).

Members of the media are invited to participate in World Refugee Day celebrations on:
1. Sunday 18 June at Dr Inanda J.L. Dube Stadium from 08h00 onwards
2. Tuesday 20 June at Play House Company from 10h00 onwards

Distributed by APO on behalf of United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

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FEATURED EVENT

Join for a special live performance by Thao (of the Get Down Stay Down) to commemorate World Refugee Day.

When: Tuesday, June 20, 2017 from 6:00 – 7:00pm

Where: The Kennedy Center Millennium Stage, Washington, DC

Free and open to the public.

Concert with artists Buddy Miller, Jim Lauderdale, and Patty Griffin, and special guests Scott Miller

FEATURED EVENT

Join us on Monday, June 19th for an evening of music and entertainment with Grammy Award-winning artists Buddy Miller, Jim Lauderdale, and Patty Griffin, and special guests Scott Miller and DC Magician of the Year, Eric Henning, at the Hamilton in Washington, DC. The Benefit concert, hosted in collaboration with UNHCR, will be held to commemorate World Refugee Day (June 20). All proceeds from the concert go to support JRS’s Global Education Initiative.

When: Monday, June 19, 2017 from 6:30 PM to 10 PM
Where: The Hamilton, Washington DC