In 2001 the United Nations constituted The World Refugee day , an observance dedicated to raising awareness of the situation of refugees throughout the world.
from this date, every year on June 20, organizations and offices of the United
Nations system, and most importantly, governments, civil society, the public
and private sectors, schools, universities and, more generally, citizens are
invited to participate with initiatives and demonstrations of solidarity and
This year, with the initiative #StepWithRefugees — Take A Step on World Refugee Day , UNHCR literally invites us to put ourselves in the shoes of those who are forced to walk for miles and miles to reach a safe place.
we are challenging ourselves to cover two billion kilometers in 12 months, just
as refugees worldwide do each year to reach the nearest point of safety” we
read on the UNHCR site.
who wants to take part in this solidarity challenge, a fit app is made
available. Through this tool the
kilometers traveled by each walking, jogging or cycling are added to a global
goal is to reach the 2 billion of
kilometers amount, which is the distance that refugees around the world have
traveled this year. This campaign is reinforced by the testimonies of those who
managed to save themselves only following the act of extreme resilience which
is walking for very long distances in the most adverse conditions.
aim is to build better and deeper understanding
of refugees real condition.
We, as New Neighbours,
join this wish, with the purpose to contribute moving forward with the project .