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World Refugee Day 2003: Kazakhstan

World Refugee Day 2003: Kazakhstan

20 June 2003

Chechen dance group "Vainakh" at the Family Park in Almaty. © UNHCR/Private Pictures

From June 16-27, an exhibition of photos and posters titled "Refugees in Kazakhstan" took place at the UN Outreach Centre in Almaty.

On June 19, a sports competition for some 60 refugee teenagers was held at a school in Almaty. The event was covered in the evening news of the national TV channel, "Southern Capital".

High spirits at a sports competition for young refugees in Almaty.

Between June 19 and 21, UNHCR's World Refugee Day spot was shown several times a day on the huge screen at the New City Square in Almaty.

On June 20, after a ceremony, refugee children in Almaty enjoyed a half-day of rollercoasters and watched a show by the Art Studio at the Family Park, which offered UNHCR a 50-percent discount for the occasion. Coca-Cola Bottlers provided 600 bottles of Coke free of charge. There was also a concert organised by refugees.

Afghan refugee girls waiting for their turn to perform a dance at the Family Park.

Twenty refugee children who won contests organised by UNHCR and its partner organisations will participate in a summer camp, "Tau Samal", in August.