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UNHCR Marks World Refugee Day in Thailand

UNHCR Marks World Refugee Day in Thailand

 

Coinciding with World Refugee Day on 20th June under the concept of “Home -- They took my home but they can’t take my future”, this year United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) organized activities in refugee camps and major cities including Bangkok. Series of events lasting more than a week from 18-29 June recognised the triumph and hardships refugees have experienced.

  • Bangkok : UNHCR Screens “Cambodia Dreams” for World Refugee Day
  • Mae Hong Son : Celebration in Refugee Camps and Downtown

UNHCR Screens “Cambodia Dreams” for World Refugee Day

Coinciding with World Refugee Day on 20th June under the concept of “Home -- They took my home but they can’t take my future”, this year United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) organised the Special Screening of the film “Cambodia Dreams” in honour of World Refugee Day. The event aimed to raise awareness and create understanding towards refugees in Thailand. “We select Cambodia Dreams to show our gratitude to Thai government and Thai people hosting the refugees from neighbouring countries in the past and even today. The model showed in the film is one of the best practice in handling refugees from living in camps until bringing them back home on a voluntarily basis,” stated Jean-Noël Wetterwald, UNHCR’s Regional Representative in Thailand and Regional Co-ordinator for South East Asia.

About 150 people joined the special screening taking different messages after the film.

“I have no idea about refugees before I saw the film. Now that I know I want to help more. I am willing to support UNHCR in spreading the message or finding more supporters,” said one of the viewers.

               

By Arunee Achakulwisut

Celebration in Refugee Camps and Mae Hong Son Downtown

UNHCR in Mae Hong Son celebrated World Refugee Day which falls on 20th December every year with refugees in Ban Mai Nai Soi and Ban Mae Surin camps. Refugee children accepted award from painting, essay writing and poem writing contest on the theme "Home".

In Mae Hong Son city centre, UNHCR displayed its work on protection along with refugee’s works from the painting, essay and poem writing contest. The event was attended by Mr. Thaweesak Wattanathammarak, Vice-Governor of Mae Hong Son and Mr. Naeem J.Durrani , Protection Officer from UNHCR in Mae Hong Son.

             

By Kittiwat Santidhanyaroj

Kanchanaburi and Ratchaburi : UNHCR Marks World Refugee Day in Refugee Camps

NHCR field office in Kanchanaburi celebrates World Refugee Day 2010 under the theme "Home - They took my home but they can’t take my future”, emphasizing the right of refugees to hope and to live freely as other human beings.

Refugees enjoy expressing themselves through performances, contests, and sports in both Ban Don Yang camp in Kanchanaburi and Tham Hin camp in Ratchaburi. The activities create understanding about the refugee situation and fostering relationships between local agencies with refugees, and among the refugees themselves.

In Kanchanaburi, the Deputy Governor opens the ceremony in Ban Don Yang camp. The event was attended by the Ban Don Yang camp commander, Deputy Commander of Sangklaburi Police Station, Assistant commander of Sangklaburi Border Rangers, Camp Commander of Ban Don Yang Temporary Shelter and Sangklaburi district office staff members.

In Ratchaburi, UNHCR works in close collaboration with Suanpeung district office and Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO). The Vice Governor of Ratchaburi Province opens the ceremony in Tham Hin camp participated by the other provincial authorities such as Military Taskforce, Border Patrol Police, Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation, Department of Livestock Development, Provincial and District Public Health Office, Head of Suanpeung Tambon Admistration, Chief of Suanpeung Sub-District Tham Hin Head Villager, Camp Commander of Tham Hin Temporary Shelter and Suanpeung district office staff members.

UNHCR wishes to thank you all organisations in making the event successful..

Ban Don Yang

     

Tham Hin

     

By Hathaimat Purnananda

Mae Sariang

In order to celebrate the World Refugee Day which falls on 20 Dec every year, UNHCR in Mae Sariang organized event on 18 June at the municipality office. Participants enjoyed quiz games and watching films and documentaries about refugees. In Mae Ra Ma Laung and Mae La Oon camps, the camp committees oragnised activities such as song and storytelling contests on 19 and 21 June 2010 respectively.