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Why is World Refugee Day Important?

What would you do if -- in an instant -- bombs, famine or insecurity destroyed your home and forced you from your town? According to the UN Refugee Agency there are more than 45.2 million refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs) worldwide facing that very question.

Often uprooted with little or no warning, these refugees and IDPs are forced to flee danger with little more than the clothes on their backs. Unable to return home, their only alternative is to rebuild their lives in makeshift camps or overcrowded urban areas where food, clean water and medicine are often scarce. Forced to start again in such harsh conditions with few possessions, little money and no job leave refugees susceptible to poverty, disease and malnutrition.

That's where International Medical Corps steps in. In our commitment to serve the most vulnerable, International Medical Corps protects the health and well-being of some of the world’s largest IDP, refugee, and host populations. On June 20, as we recognize World Refugee Day, share this page with your friends and family or make a contribution to our programs. By adding your voice, you enable us to continue our work in the most difficult environments to ensure the displaced have what they need to survive and rebuild their lives.

 

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