UNHCR Syria commemorates World Refugee Day

From Damascus to Aleppo to Qamishli and further, UNHCR pays tribute to the courage and resilience of children, women and men displaced from their homes.

Interactive theatre, to food festivals and cultural bazaars, thousands of people across Syria took part in events to mark World Refugee Day at a time when globally the number of children, women and men displaced from their homes has broken all records.

IN DAMASCUS, hundreds of children, women and men from the Middle East, Africa, Southeast Asia and Syrians came together to showcase their art, handicrafts, and traditional cuisines. The talented youth performed their traditional songs and dances to a crowd roaring for more.

 

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UNHCR Representative Ayaki Ito writes a message in Japanese for Ali who hails from Afghanistan during World Refugee day activities in Damascus © UNHCR/Bassam Diab

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UNHCR Representative Ayaki Ito exchanges calligraphy souvenirs with Ali who hails from Afghanistan. © UNHCR/Bassam Diab

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Khadija from Somalia and UNHCR colleague Maya dance at the World Refugee Day in Damascus. © UNHCR/Bassam Diab

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People enjoy the interactive games during World Refugee Day activities in Damascus. © UNHCR/Bassam Diab

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People enjoy the interactive games during World Refugee Day activities in Damascus. © UNHCR/Bassam Diab

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Children enjoy interactive games during World Refugee Day in Damascus. © UNHCR/Ola Kabalan

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Children enjoy interactive games during World Refugee Day in Damascus. © UNHCR/Ola Kabalan

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Children enjoy interactive games during World Refugee Day in Damascus. © UNHCR/Ola Kabalan

IN ALEPPO, UNHCR along with refugees, the internally displaced people and host community joined together to take a #StepWithRefugees taking part in a global challenge to mark their solidarity with displaced people across the world. In the old city of Aleppo, hundreds marched around the city with one message to the world “We Stand Together.”

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Children enjoy interactive games during World Refugee Day in Aleppo. © UNHCR/Antwan Chnkdji

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Hundreds came out to take a #StepWithRefugees in the old city of Aleppo. © UNHCR/Antwan Chnkdji

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Hundreds came out to take a #StepWithRefugees in the old city of Aleppo. © UNHCR/Antwan Chnkdji

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Volunteers prepare cupcakes to share with all who attended Word Refugee Day activities in Aleppo. © UNHCR/Antwan Chnkdji

IN QAMISHLI, a football match brought together UNHCR and refugees. And the winner is the Refugees with majority hailing from Iraq. Football is the language of the world which brings all together.

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Refugees beat UNHCR in a friendly match during World Refugee day activities in Qamishli. © UNHCR/Ahmed Shamou

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Refugees beat UNHCR in a friendly match during World Refugee day activities in Qamishli. © UNHCR/Ahmed Shamou

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Refugees vs. UNHCR on the football field in Qamishli. © UNHCR/Ahmed Shamou

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Families displaced and host communities in Qamishli came together to mark the World Refugee Day. ©UNHCR/Ahmed Shamou

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Children perform a play on life in displacement at the World Refugee day event in Qamishli . ©UNHCR/Ahmed Shamou

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A young girl prepares to perform a play at the World Refugee day event in Qamishli. ©UNHCR/Ahmed Shamou

IN HOMS, children, women and men from Iraq, Sudan and Yemen attend a play performed by volunteers from the Syrian Arab Red Crescent and a refugee youth group whose performances highlight their cultures and traditions.

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Children enjoy their time drawing and painting during recreational activities at the World Refugee Day in Homs. © UNHCR/Aman Alwan

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Children enjoy their time drawing and painting during recreational activities at the World Refugee Day in Homs. © UNHCR/Aman Alwan

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Fawzy, 68, showcases his art and paintings during the World Refugee Day activities in Homs. “My art is the main thing that gives me hope for the future, ” says Fawzy.

IN SWEIDA, UNHCR together with local partner Baraem held various activities at Rassas collective shelter. More than 400 hundred Syrians internally displaced and refugees attend an interactive play by the children shedding light on their daily life in the collective shelter, their longing for their homes and hopes for the future.

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Children perform an interactive play shedding light on their daily life in the shelter, their longing for their homes, and hopes for the future. ©UNHCR/ Hazem Abou Fakher

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A game of backgammon at World Refugee day event in Sweida. ©UNHCR/ Hazem Abou Fakher

All the events and activities carried one message; a message of solidarity and hope.