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World Refugee Day 2007 National Activities: China

World Refugee Day, 20 June 2007

A WRD media campaign, dubbed "Unheard Voices of Refugee Children," focused on the education problems of refugee children in China. China Daily, the official English-language newspaper, ran a feature on the issue.

BQ Weekly published two pages of photos and a review on the global refugee situation over the past year. China Ethnic News held a programme on protection of refugees.

A stall was placed in Hong Kong's central business district on 22 June to help raise awareness about refugee issues and funds for UNHCR's operations. "Einstein was a Refugee" t-shirts and UNHCR "Hope" wristbands were sold and information packets and leaflets distributed.

A 30-second World Refugee Day video message was posted on Sina.com, the most recognized internet brand name in China. A "Fun Day for UNHCR" was organized at Hong Kong's Ocean Park for 46 refugee children on 22 June.

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UNHCR Tents Reaching Earthquake Survivors in China

The UN refugee agency has provided 11,000 urgently needed tents to China to help with emergency shelter for some of the 5 million people left homeless after the devastating earthquake that struck Sichuan province on May 12, 2008.

The tents, which were manufactured in China for UNHCR, have been transported to the quake zone. The first 2,000 tents were airlifted to the zone and arrived in Chengdu on May 25 and the remaining 9,000 arrived not long after. These tents can provide shelter for 55,000 people. They have been distributed in the cities of Aba, Deyang and Guangyuan, close to the epicentre of the quake.

Posted on 4 June 2008

UNHCR Tents Reaching Earthquake Survivors in China

UNHCR donates tents for China's earthquake victimsPlay video

UNHCR donates tents for China's earthquake victims

The May 12 earthquake in China's Sichuan province caused widespread destruction and death. UNHCR is responding by donating thousands of tents to help give displaced families some shelter while they rebuild their homes.