Join us this year on World Refugee Day and support refugees across the globe and here in Cyprus to be protected and included in health care, education and sport.
Together we can achieve anything. Together we heal, learn and shine.
On World Refugee Day we celebrate the courage and resilience of refugees. We also take the opportunity to remind each other of the importance of togetherness and inclusion #WithRefugees through individual stories.
Togetherness and inclusion through sport #WithRefugees
In 2019, PeacePlayers offered ten refugee children in Cyprus the opportunity to participate in their summer programme in Agros. Five of those children have stayed with the year-round programme offered by the PeacePlayers team and meet every week to play basketball together with their Cypriot peers in Nicosia. Through basketball, these children are building their self-confidence and their dreams for a brighter future. UNHCR promotes refugee access to sports and sports-based initiatives. Sport helps to heal, develop and grow – especially people fleeing conflict or persecution.
Meet Jeff, Usain, Cinderella, Mariamie, Evry and the PeacePlayers team and join us in supporting the protection and inclusion of refugees.
Farhia, a nurse and volunteer with UNHCR Cyprus
Farhia is a qualified and experienced nurse from Somalia. Now living as a refugee in Cyprus, she volunteers to support 50 refugees and asylum-seekers to access healthcare and other rights. She provides translation, information and assistance and also accompanies vulnerable individuals to their hospital appointments. She also cooks for them and visits them in their homes. Farhia lives in Nicosia with her husband and their two children. When we met her for the filming, she had an additional reason to be happy…
Meet Farhia and join us in supporting the protection and inclusion of refugees.
Taha, a Syrian asylum-seeker at Kofinou, of Cretan origin and a former sailor
Taha is from Syria, with Cretan origin and he used to be a sailor. Now he is an asylum-seeker in Cyprus and is waiting for a decision on his asylum application in order to be able to plan his future. He has been separated from his family for over a year-and-a-half and hopes to be reunited with them soon, and to be able to have the opportunity to work again, to feel productive and contribute to society.
Meet Taha and join us in supporting the protection and inclusion of refugees.
Under the auspices of the UNHCR Office in Cyprus
On the occassion of World Refugee Day (20th June), Youth Board of Cyprus and the Cyprus Refugee Council with the support of the UNHCR Office in Cyprus, are organising a virtual discussion entitled “World Refugee Day: Building Hope” (Παγκόσμια Ημέρα Προσφύγων: Χτίζοντας την Ελπίδα), on Thursday 17th of June 2021, at 20:30.
At the live discussion, Zaharias Mazloum Axou (student at UCY), Britney Ade (student at UCY), Nicole Epua (student at UCY) and Rama Al habrat (high school student), will share their personal stories. The discussion will be facilitated by Etinosa Erevbenagie (student at UNIC/ co-founder of Generation for Change Cy). The event will be in Greek and will be livestreamed through the pages of the Youth Board of Cyprus/ Cyprus Youth Information Centers/ Cyprus Refugee Council on Facebook. All #YouthCast episodes are also available on Spotify.
On Friday 18th June, Rustem’s Bookshop Civil Society Talks 4 will host three RRA SAC Staff (Project Coordinator, Legal Advisor and Social Advisor) from 17:00 to 19:00 at Rustem’s Bookshop in Nicosia.
The solo exhibition of Efi Savvides A territory without terrain, curated by Marina Christodoulidou, will be opening at the Larnaka Municipal Art Gallery on Friday, June 18, 2021 at 18:00. The show presents a series of works dealing with the life of political refugees at Richmond Village, located in the British Sovereign Base of Dhekelia. The event is taking place with the support of UNHCR Cyprus.
Organised by the Cyprus Refugee Council and UNHCR Cyprus together with Cloud10 Productions
This World Refugee Day, we heal, learn and shine, together.
Alexia represents Cyprus in this year’s World Refugee Day, in an intimate unplugged (acoustic) online vocal performance. Her voice as the vehicle of bringing us closer to ourselves and closer to humanity; to get Inspired, to be Connected, and to have a sense of Belonging.
This year’s performance reminds us that together we can achieve anything.
Additionally, a select number of video messages will be published throughout the day on 20th June, from asylum-seekers and refugees, honoring WRD2021 on Alexia’s Facebook page.
On Tuesday 22nd June, a documentary screening of ‘Born in Syria’ will be organized by RRA at Human Rights House (RRA premises). Click here for the dedicated Facebook Event page
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the documentary screening will be limited to 20 people. Click here to register.
This informal event will be a celebration of the refugees of Cyprus and to raise awareness about their work, lives and contributions to society, on World Refugee Day on June 20th, in Nicosia.
Location: African House Restaurant, Aeshlou Street 61-63 Nicosia, 1011.
The restaurant offers a delicious menu of traditional African food for you to try. There will also be a special song and message from a group of refugees and our Fellow, Leatitia Tchakoute, designer of Aphrogee. Don’t miss it!
Organisers: Project Phoenix in partnership with European Students’ Union (ESU) and Together Moving Forward (TMF).
World Refugee Day is an international day designated by the United Nations to honour refugees around the globe. It falls each year on June 20 and celebrates the strength and courage of people who have been forced to flee their home country to escape conflict or persecution. World Refugee Day is an occasion to build empathy and understanding for their plight and to recognize their resilience in rebuilding their lives.
World Refugee Day shines a light on the rights, needs and dreams of refugees, helping to mobilize political will and resources so refugees can not only survive but also thrive. While it is important to protect and improve the lives of refugees every single day, international days like World Refugee Day help to focus global attention on the plight of those fleeing conflict or persecution. Many activities held on World Refugee Day create opportunities to support refugees.
World Refugee Day falls each year on June 20 and is dedicated to refugees around the globe. World Refugee Day was held globally for the first time on June 20, 2001, commemorating the 50th anniversary of the 1951 Convention relating to the Status of Refugees. It was originally known as Africa Refugee Day, before the United Nations General Assembly officially designated it as an international day in December 2000.
Each year, World Refugee Day is marked by a variety of events in many countries around the globe in support of refugees. These activities are led by or involve refugees themselves, government officials, host communities, companies, celebrities, school children and the general public, among others.