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UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi's message on the occasion of Ramadan

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UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi's message on the occasion of Ramadan

3 May 2019
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UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi visits Myshara, a 13-year-old youth leader, and her family at their shelter in Kutupalong refugee camp, Bangladesh, in April 2019.

As-salamu alaykum.

I would like to extend my warmest wishes to the millions of families observing the holy month of Ramadan around the world – a blessed period that reflects the essence of human solidarity and of empathy, reflection and for many, giving.

In a world where we tragically continue to witness unprecedented human suffering and desperation, with almost 70 million people forcibly uprooted from their homes, patience and mercy, the values of Ramadan, are more vital than ever. This holy month comes at a time when we see senseless attacks on people as they gather to worship, xenophobia, and hardening political sentiments towards those who need our support the most.

Against this backdrop, I am consistently humbled by the countless displays of human generosity, often demonstrated by those who themselves have little to spare.

I remain inspired by individuals and leaders who choose courage over divisiveness, and compassion over fear.

Let us use this month of reflection to remember the innocent lives lost in pursuit of safety and asylum and show our support to the millions driven from their homes by violence and persecution. Let us honour their resilience and stand in solidarity with them, today and every day.

The holy month of Ramadan conveys a very important message today which we must not forget: may what unites us prevail over what divides us.

Ramadan Kareem.


Download a video version of the High Commissioner's message, as well as photos of refugees celebrating Ramadan, here:

This year UNHCR has launched a Ramadan campaign to help refugees and displaced families. Find more information here: