World Refugee Day: More than a Number

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    Refugees: More than just a number.
  • World Red Cross Day
    World Refugee Day is an annual commemoration recognizing refugees and displaced persons for their courage and resilience in the face of conflict and strife.
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    Everyday, the American Red Cross—as part of our International Family Tracing Serves program—transmits messages from all over the world to help families who have lost touch with their loved ones reconnect.
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    The family messages transmitted by the American Red Cross can be very brief, but the three short words "I am alive" may be all that is needed to ease the minds of distraught loved ones half a world away.
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    Globally, the Red Cross and Red Crescent network facilitated the exchange of 279,000 messages between families separated by disaster and conflict in 2013.
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    Last year, the American Red Cross worked on behalf of 6,354 people and 886 families from countries such as South Sudan, Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan who were seeking to reconnect or keep in touch with their families.
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    We can help you too.
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    If you are looking for a loved one, begin your free and confidential search today by contacting your local chapter of the American Red Cross or visit familylinks.icrc.org.
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World Refugee Day is an annual commemoration recognizing refugees and displaced persons for their courage and resilience in the face of conflict and strife.

Some 38.7 million people live as refugees and internally displaced people around the world, forced to choose between safety and their family and the comforts of home. Of those, 46 percent are children under the age of 18. This World Refugee Day, June 20th, the American Red Cross joins with the global community to call attention to the needs of these refugees and the ways in which people can help shoulder their burden.

World Refugee Day is an annual commemoration established by the United Nations to recognize refugees and displaced persons for their courage and resilience in the face of conflict and strife. This year, the Restoring Family Links program of the American Red Cross is working with partners and members of the refugee community in Seattle, Houston, Phoenix, Minneapolis and Washington, DC to celebrate World Refugee Day. These events will celebrate the refugee community while also highlighting the services provided by the American Red Cross and other refugee service organizations.

At each American Red Cross supported World Refugee Day event across the US, there will be an opportunity to connect families who have been separated by crisis, conflict or migration. These opportunities will vary depending on the location but, as a whole, will represent the full spectrum of Restoring Family Links services including Red Cross Messages and phone communication opportunities. For more information, visit www.redcross.org/worldrefugeeday

About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

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