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World Refugee Day 2003: Tanzania

World Refugee Day 2003: Tanzania

20 June 2003

Marching and dancing through Lugufu camp. © UNHCR

In Lugufu camp, events to mark World Refugee Day began with a parade of thousands of children from nine primary and secondary schools in Lugufu II - a march which soon turned into a Congolese dance round the large school ground.

Drumming up excitement at Lugufu camp.

Skits were performed on the importance of education and the harmful effects of alcoholism, particularly on families. There were also performances by children's bands, as well as songs and dances by refugee teens.

Refugee children playing games during the celebrations.

Kigoma-born Sunday Manara, a famous footballer in Tanzania, joined in the celebrations, which included sports competitions and games for the children.

When the day's events drew to a close, all participants received prizes for their efforts. These included high-protein biscuits donated by the UN World Food Programme (WFP), jerry cans from the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF), buckets for water from the European Community Aid Office (ECHO), and T-shirts from UNHCR.