World Refugee Day
From Metropolis Magazine
Since 1982, nearly 5,000 people have applied for refugee status in Japan. Only 410 have been accepted. Amid a backdrop of terrorism, religious conflict and ethnic clashes, those who must flee their homeland to seek safety are finding that they have very few places to turn.
World Refugee Day on Wednesday, June 20, is a global event that aims to raise awareness of the plight of these displaced people. With 21 million citizens throughout Asia, Africa, Latin America and Europe living under threat, it is a plight the world should know more about.
Tucked away in the UN House’s courtyard in Aoyama, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) will create a mock refugee camp inside a balloon tent. Jerry cans, bedclothes and mosquito nets will decorate the interior, and two cooks will be on hand to serve up Asian-style camp fare. Taking advantage of the latest technology, visitors will be able to chat live through Skype with refugees from Kenya. Films produced by displaced people will also be screened as a preview for the annual Refugee Film Festival, set for July.