Needs of displaced everywhere must be remembered on World Refugee Day: WFP

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WFP Executive Director Ertharin Cousin

As an international community, we must continue to advocate on behalf of displaced people everywhere, the World Food Programme (WFP) Executive Director Ertharin Cousin says in a statement ahead of World Refugee Day, to be observed on Thursday 20 June, 2013.

She says whether fleeing conflict, natural disaster or hunger, they must be at the front of our minds.

According to Ms. Cousin, "for over two years, the world has witnessed millions of Syrians fleeing their homes, escaping from violence in search of a safe haven. Many families have been forced to move more than once, bringing only what they can carry. She explains that the "needs of conflict-affected Syrians are huge, almost too big to comprehend: by the end of the year, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) aims to provide food assistance to seven million people, most of whom are either internally displaced or taking refuge in neighbouring countries.

But she says Syrians are not alone in feeling the devastation of displacement, whether within their own country or across borders. Every day, she works with colleagues who are on the ground in some of the most remote and dangerous places in the world. Ms. Cousin says they remind her, as we are all reminded on World Refugee Day (20 June), that every woman, man and child who has left behind homes, family, jobs, education and lives in search of security and safety deserve our attention and, most importantly, our assistance.

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

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