Why is World Refugee Day Important?
What would you do if — in an instant — bombs destroyed your home or famine or conflict forced you to flee your town? According to the UN Refugee Agency there are more than 35 million refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs) worldwide facing that very question.
Often uprooted with little or no warning, families 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 and tensions run high. Forced to start again in such harsh conditions with few possessions, little money and no jobs, refugees are left susceptible to malnutrition, poverty and disease.
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 we recognize World Refugee Day. You can give medical care and health training to benefit families escaping disasters, conflict, and poverty. You can help today: make a contribution to our programs. Your support will help people become their own best First Responders by giving families the skills and tools to survive and stay healthy in the most difficult environments and rebuild their lives.