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June 20, 2024 (DJIBOUTI, Republic of Djibouti):  The Inter-governmental Authority on Development (IGAD), colorfully commemorates World Refugee Day, in a special event under the theme for this year’s “Solidarity with Refugees – For a World Where Refugees Are Welcomed,” today, in Djibouti.

Madam Fathia Alwan, IGAD, Director for Health and Social Development , honourable delegates,  representatives of society and others invited distinguished guests  attended  the celebration.

IGAD, Director for Health and Social Development during her opening remark, welcomed the guests and participants of the event and explained that Currently, the IGAD region hosts over 23 million displaced persons, comprising of more than 5 million refugees, a million asylum seekers, almost 2 million refugee-returnees and over 15 million internally displaced persons; And, the number has increased by more than five million over the last three years and is likely to be intensified by natural disasters and climate change.

“Today, as we gather to commemorate World Refugee Day, we are reminded of the resilience, courage, and hope embodied by millions of refugees across the globe”, the Director  added.

According to the Director, Djibouti as the current chair of IGAD has been at the forefront of all these efforts, particularly on refugee education, self-reliance and health.

“We have also witnessed the increased voices and initiatives of refugee led organisations.” She said.

The IGAD to celebrate the strength and resilience of refugees, their contribution to the economy of the host countries, acknowledge the generosity of host communities, and renew our commitments, Madam Fathia urged the international community to stand in solidarity with refugees and work together to build a future of hope and opportunity for all.

Children and youths presented various shows.

It is to be remembered that since 2017, IGAD Member States have pursued a regional approach in finding durable solutions for displaced population and their host communities.

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