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High Commissioner's message on the occasion of Eid Al-Fitr

25 June 2017 Also available in:

Asalamu alaikum.

On the occasion of Eid al-Fitr, I have the pleasure to convey my warmest greetings to all those for whom the month of fasting has come to an end, and who are coming together to celebrate.

While many take part in several days of celebration, others will have only brief reprieve from the heavy toll of conflict and hardship.

The world is yet again witnessing forced displacement on an unprecedented scale, with our latest figures pointing to 65.6 million people.

Children, who make up more than half of the world’s refugee population, continue to pay the highest price.

I honour the courage and steadfastness of the millions of forcibly displaced persons, many of which are born into conflict and whose existence is marred by the ugly consequences of war, violence and persecution.

This is a reality that millions of people face.

Their stories need to be told and their voices heard.

And so do the stories of those exhibiting, through their actions, the truest forms of solidarity, empathy, and compassion.

Throughout the holy month of Ramadan we witnessed countless such demonstrations.

Displaced families hosting iftars for their local hosts. Religious centres opening their doors to shelter the displaced. Citizens coming together to welcome newly-arrived asylum seekers.

May this Eid serve as a reminder that no contribution is too small and that the collective sum of our actions can help us ascend the steepest of climbs and overcome adversity.

When we stand with refugees and the forcibly uprooted, and those committed to supporting them, we send a powerful message of hope, dignity, respect and inclusion for all.

We stand with refugees and the displaced today, and everyday.

Eid Mubarak.