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World Refugee Day 2004: Central African Republic

World Refugee Day 2004: Central African Republic

20 June 2004

Kids play in a neighbourhood populated mostly by Iraqi refugees. Because refugees are not allowed to work in Syria, children often must take informal jobs to help support their families.

A radio debate was broadcast, featuring discussions between refugees and UNHCR representatives on the World Refugee Day theme as well as awareness programmes. A film, "Young African refugees: Building the future", was also aired on national TV.

In Bangui, there were streamers displaying slogans such as "A refugee also contributes to the development of the host country" and "Let's live in peace, security and dignity with refugees".

A football match was held between refugees and a UN team.

The Ecole des Castors, which was rehabilitated by UNHCR within the framework of the reintegration programme of returnees from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, was officially launched.

An eight-year old girl read a poem on HIV/AIDS. There were also traditional dances and an exhibition/sale of refugee-made products such as art, cakes and sewing.