World Refugee Day 2002: Iraq Home World Refugee Day 2002: Iraq 20 June 2002 UNHCR Kids play in a neighbourhood populated mostly by Iraqi refugees. Because refugees are not allowed to work in Syria, children often must take informal jobs to help support their families. © UNHCR/M.Bernard UNHCR statistics, publications, and articles were sent to journalists in Northern Iraq. A refugee woman was interviewed by Gulan Magazine. A UNHCR video in Kurdish and footage were shown on TV.