World Refugee Day 2007 National Activities: Panama

World Refugee Day, 20 June 2007

UNHCR hosted a commemorative event at the UN Information Centre in Panama, to which members of the diplomatic community and national government were invited. Handicrafts made by refugees in Panama were on sale.

Panama's National Office for Refugee Affairs gave a series of talks throughout the week on topics such as the rights and responsibilities of refugees, and the different ways to deal with the stress of relocating to a new country. Officials answered questions from refugees.

The Panamanian Red Cross held a picnic and recreational day for refugees living in Panama City. Events included a talent show, various games and magicians.

VIDA directed a series of activities for children and young adults in JaquƩ and Vista Alegre to highlight the importance of family in refugee communities. Activities included photography and essay contests and the production of personalized T-shirts.

UNHCR collaborated with the Jesuit Refugee Service on a refugee-theme drawing contest at two schools in Panama City. Talks on refugee issues were given to the participating classes, after which the students designed and created drawings representing the asylum experience. Prizes were awarded to the winning students and the schools.