World Refugee Day is dedicated to raising awareness of the situation of refugees throughout the world. Pakistan has given Afghan refugees a home since 1979.
Afghan refugees represent one of the world’s largest protracted refugee population. Over the past four decades, many have been forced from their homes to never see them again. By the end of 1980, there were more than four million Afghan refugees in Pakistan.
Canada has taken the most amount of refugees. Canada resettled the largest number of refugees out of 25 countries in 2018, according to the UN’s refugee agency. The country accepted just over 28,000 refugees last year, with the United States coming in second with 22,900.
In a world where violence forces thousands of families to flee for their lives each day, the time is now to show that the global public stands with refugees.
The hashtag #WithRefugees has been going around on Twitter: