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World Refugee Day 2007 National Activities: Kazakhstan

World Refugee Day 2007 National Activities: Kazakhstan

20 June 2007

An Iraqi man and his child stand forlornly in the door of their spartan quarters in Amman, where vast numbers of Iraqis are believed to be sheltering.

A countrywide contest was organized for the best stories on refugees in Kazakhstan to appear in the print and electronic media. UNHCR also organized an essay contest for students on the subject: "There are 1,900 refugee children in Kazakhstan. What can we do for them?" Prizes included a month-long internship with the UNHCR office and participation in a regional summer school on human rights.

A WRD ceremony was held in the Theatre of Young Spectators in Almaty. Winners of the competitions for journalists and students were announced. Refugee children who did well at school were given encyclopaedias and other books.