June 14, 2016 - 4:34pm
The United Nations Refugee Agency, UNHCR, organised a lecture for students of University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh (ULAB) yesterday with an aim to create awareness about the situation of refugees around the world, and to explain who they are and why they need protection.
The lecture took place at the ULAB auditorium and was supported by ULAB Co-curricular Office.
The world we live in has more people forcibly displaced by conflict than at any time since the Second World War – there are 60 million displaced persons, of which 20 million are refugees. These unprecedented numbers have pushed UNHCR and partners to their limits, and sadly the crisis continues to intensify. But with more and more people forced to flee, people’s anxiety has increased – often resulting in intolerance and misinformation about who refugees are.
“When Bangladesh fought its 1971 Liberation War, there were many friendly countries where the people marched for us, they campaigned for our independence, and our refugees received protection in other countries. As young people now, you also have a responsibility to inform yourselves about what is happening in the world today and not just stay within your narrow interests,” said ULAB Vice-chancellor Professor Imran Rahman in his closing speech.
“To begin with, we can each sign the UNHCR petition to show our support for the world’s refugees.”
Farheen Khan, external relations of UNHCR, gave her presentation in which she mentioned how UNHCR operates in Bangladesh and described the refugee situation in different countries.
UNHCR is conducting refugee awareness lectures in a number of universities in Dhaka and can also support individuals to make donations to UNHCR refugee operations globally.
Source: Dhaka tribune