World Refugee Day 2003: Pakistan
Islamabad marked World Refugee Day with two days of celebrations ranging from a drawing contest on the theme, "Afghanistan, My Country", to a speech contest on the topic, "Refugees and their lives in Pakistan". There was also an Afghan handicraft exhibition, a movie screening and a song and dance contest among young Afghan refugees.
In Peshawar, refugee camps held youth debates, embroidery displays and exhibitions of paintings and items made by Afghan youth in the camps' vocational training centre.
In Quetta, June 20 started with a mass walk for refugee youth, organised by UNHCR and the All Pakistan Youth Federation. Local NGOs, aid agencies and Afghan students also took part.
A function was held at the Quetta Children's Academy with songs, dances, short dramas, a painting exhibition and stalls set up by different organisations.