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World Refugee Day 2013.

Today is World Refugee Day. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees takes one day each year to remind us of the urgent and global dilemma of displaced people.

Warfare can change a family's future in just one minute. But refugee families--mothers, fathers, sons and daughters--are resilient and can find hope even during times of hardship. Conflicts worldwide have forced millions of people to leave everything behind in search for safety. It's estimated that two families flee from violence or persecution each minute.

On World Refugee Day, June 20, UNHCR commemorates the strength and resilience of the more than 40 million people around the world who were forced to flee their homes due to war or persecution.

The "One Family" campaign aims to remind the world that the victims of war are mothers, fathers, sons and daughters and that even one family torn apart by war is too many.

Yemen remains in the midst of a complex emergency. Humanitarian needs continue to grow at an alarming rate. Yemen is host to nearly 240,000 registered refugees, according to UNHCR statistics. However, with the worsening economic situation and insecurity in Yemen, many refugees who were once self-reliant have become increasingly vulnerable.

In addition, around 600 Syrians have approached UNHCR Office in Yemen to seek asylum and that number is also increasing.

Yemen is also home to many internally displaced people as a result of several rounds of fighting in and around Sa'ada Governorate since 2004 and the fighting in Abyan Governorate in May 2011.

Photos here--from Kharaz, Haradh and Al-Basateen, all areas in Yemen--courtesy of UNHCR

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Publication:Yemen Times (Sana'a, Yemen)
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Date:Jun 20, 2013
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