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Mia Farrow calls for more protection and support for the world's refugees

UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Mia Farrow has added her voice to those calling for more protection and support for the world's more than 45 million refugees on World Refugee Day.  Watch in RealPlayer

 

By Chris Niles

20 June is World Refugee Day. A new report by UNHCR says global forced displacement is the highest it’s been for 18 years. At the end of 2012, more than 45.2 million people had been driven from their homes. Life as a refugee for children is particularly difficult and traumatic. They are denied the safety of a home, school and peace. They often witness violence and are subject to abuse and harrowing living conditions. UNICEF works closely with UNHCR to meet the needs of refugees and displaced persons.

UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Mia Farrow calls for more protection and support for the world's refugees.

NEW YORK, 20 June 2013 – UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Mia Farrow has added her voice to those calling for more protection and support for the world’s more than 45 million refugees on World Refugee Day.

Ms. Farrow, who has worked with UNICEF since 2000, is particularly dedicated to the needs of children affected by armed conflict. In January of this year, she visited Syrian refugees who are sheltering in Lebanon.

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UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Mia Farrow, who has worked with UNICEF since 2000, is dedicated to the cause of children affected by armed conflict.

A new report by UNHCR says that the escalating conflict in the Syrian Arab Republic is contributing to the fact that the numbers of refugees and displaced people are the highest they’ve been in 18 years.

“The strongest impression that I took away was how they long to go home. They miss people. They miss the dignity of having control over your life and not having to stand in line for a scrap of bread, or a ration of food,” Ms. Farrow said.

However, she stressed that, no matter what hardships and pain they suffer, children are resilient.

“Children have that wonderful thing of being able to live in the moment, so you never leave the company of children feeling hopeless,” she said.

Ms. Farrow, who has visited the Sudan as well as many other countries in her work with UNICEF, paid tribute also to the mothers she has met, even those who have suffered unimaginable tragedy.
 
“I’ve never met a weak woman in those circumstances. I’ve never met a weak mother,” she said.

And she called for more support for aid agencies who are meeting the needs of the forcibly displaced.

“At least help them have a life that’s endurable for now. Of course we want to see better peace-solving methods so there is less displacement, less suffering – but our focus here is to try and make things better for those people to whom the worst has happened and all has been lost.”


 

 

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