UNHCR launches campaign to highlight impact of war on families

2013-06-13 13:38:38 GMT2013-06-13 21:38:38(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

GENEVA, June 13 (Xinhua) -- The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Thursday launched a campaign to highlight the impact of war on families in the advent of the World Refugee Day on June 20.

In the context of massive concurrent refugee emergencies in Syria, Mali, South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo, the "1 family" campaign, which continues until Dec. 31 and features the backup of celebrities with video messages and a unique call to action project, reminds the public that the casualties of war are mothers, fathers, sons and daughters - families, as the UN refugee agency highlighted.

UNHCR underscored that recent conflicts have forced record numbers of families to leave everything behind, with two families estimated to flee from violence or persecution each minute.

Under the campaign, the celebrity videos show how warfare can change a family's future in just one minute, but also how refugee families can be helped and find hope even during times of hardship; as for the unique photo project called The Most Important Thing, it reveals, by means of words and pictures, the heart-wrenching decisions refugee families must make when they are forced to flee their homes, and recounts how these families survived, according to UNHCR.

On the coming World Refugee Day, the UN refugee agency called for the public's attention to refugees by stepping into the shoes of a refugee - if only for a moment - and contemplating what they would take if forced to flee; the agency encouraged people to upload a photo of themselves with their chosen object or get it posted through the World Refugee Day website.

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