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June 21, 2013

World Refugee Day 2013

Yesterday marked World Refugee Day, as the United Nations high commissioner for refugees, António Guterres, visited Jordan to highlight the 1.6 million registered people who have fled the ongoing conflict in Syria. The UN refugee agency, which was set up in 1950 to aid those still displaced after World War II, reports that there are some 10.5 million refugees worldwide. -- Lloyd Young ( 29 photos total)

Afghan refugee children, swim in muddy water created from a broken water pipe, on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan, on June 17. Pakistan hosts over 1.6 million registered Afghans, the largest and most protracted refugee population in the world, according to the UN refugee agency. (Muhammed Muheisen/Associated Press)

Homeless youths walk as images of refugees are displayed on a wall in the old city in Bucharest, Romania, on June 20. World Refugee Day, a day initiated by the United Nations to raise awareness on the plight of refugees worldwide, is observed on June 20. (Vadim Ghirda/Associated Press) #

Syrian refugees wait for treatment at a Doctors of the World medical center at the Al Zaatri refugee camp in the Jordanian city of Mafraq, near the border with Syria on June 11. (Muhammad Hamed/Reuters) #

A reflection in the window of a barber shop of tents at the Domiz refugee camp, 20 km southeast of the northern Iraqi city of Dohuk, which houses Syrian-Kurd refugees. More than 90,000 people have been killed and over 1.5 million Syrians have fled to neighboring countries since the conflict began in March 2011. (Safin Hamed/AFP/Getty Images) #

Afghan refugees wait to leave for Afghanistan, at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) registration center in Chamkani, on the outskirts of Peshawar, Pakistan, on June 19. Under a UNHCR voluntary repatriation program started in March 2002, millions of Afghans have gone back home, but there are more than 1.7 million still residing in Pakistan, a majority of whom have lived in this neighboring country for decades. (Bilawal Arbab/European Pressphoto Agency) #

Syrian refugees take down their belongings, on the World Refugee Day, at Zaatari refugee camp, in Mafraq, Jordan, on June 20. UN refugee chief Antonio Guterres, and the Norwegian foreign Minister, Espen Barth Eide, along with United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) special envoy, actress Angelina Jolie, held a press conference at the camp to commemorate the World Refugee Day, and to urge the world to support refugees in Syria and around the world. (Mohammad Hannon/Associated Press) #

Some of the hundreds of refugees, mostly from other African countries, wait outside on the UN's World Refugee Day to apply for extensions of their asylum seeker permits, and other similar documents on June 20 in the center of Cape Town. Some of these refugees voiced their frustration at the very slow pace at which Home Affairs was able to process their requests, meaning that people waited from very early in the morning, till evening, sometimes for up to two weeks to get their paperwork done. (Rodger Bosch/AFP/Getty Images) #

A young Syrian child, who fled the recent violence in Idlib, looks on at a refugee camp in the Lebanese town of Alman, northeast of the southern city Sidon on June 20. War and other crises drove one person from their home every 4.1 seconds last year, the UN refugee agency, pushing the number of people forcibly displaced to a two-decade high of 45.2 million. (Mahmoud Zayyat/AFP/Getty Images) #

Children play on a slide in a refugee camp on World Refugee Day in Benghazi on June 20. (Esam Omran Al-Fetori/Reuters) #

Palestinian children play on the coast line of the Shati refugee camp in Gaza City, on June 20. World Refugee Day, a day initiated by the United Nations to raise awareness on the plight of refugees worldwide, is observed on June 20 every year. (Bernat Armangue/Associated Press) #

An Afghan health worker, left, administers the polio vaccine to a child during a vaccination campaign at a refugee camp in Laghman province on June 9. Polio, once a worldwide scourge, is endemic in just three countries now; Afghanistan, Nigeria and Pakistan. (Waseem Nikzad/AFP/Getty Images) #

Myanmar demonstrators hold placards during a silent protest on World Refugee Day in New Delhi on June 20. The protestors requested the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to expedite the resettlement program for Burmese refugees. (Sajjad Hussain/AFP/Getty Images) #

A volunteer explains land mines and ammunition to Afghan refugees coming from neighboring Pakistan at United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) registration center in Kabul, Afghanistan, on June 20. According to the UN, Afghans remained the biggest external refugee group worldwide in 2012 at 2.6 million, followed by Somalis, Iraqis, Syrians and Sudanese. (S. Sabawoon/European Pressphoto Agency) #

A Syrian refugee sells refreshments at the Bab Al-Salam refugee camp in Azaz, near the Syrian-Turkish border on June 9. (Reuters) #

Syrian children attend a class at the Domiz refugee camp, 20 km southeast of the northern Iraqi city of Dohuk, which houses Syrian-Kurd refugees, on May 29. More than 90,000 people have been killed and over 1.5 million Syrians have fled to neighboring countries since the conflict began in March 2011. (Safin Hamed/AFP/Getty Images) #

Patritia Sei, right, a 22-year-old Ivorian refugee, styles a costumer's hair at her shop on June 18 in Rabat. Thousands of refugees living in Morocco are facing a common dilemma, whether to leave the transit country for Europe or push for further exile. (Fadel Senna/AFP/Getty Images) #

An Afghan refugee prepares thread for carpet weaving at the Khorasan refugee camp near Peshawar on June 19, the eve of World Refugee Day. War and other crises drove one person from their home every 4.1 seconds in 2012, according to a report from the office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) on June 19, pushing the number of people forcibly displaced to a two-decade high of 45.2 million. (A Majeed/AFP/Getty Images) #

Bangladeshi refugee Delwar, 31, who fled with his friend Nazmul Huda, poses in his shack inside a quarters at the rural Ping Chi in Hong Kong's New Territories on June 19. According to Vision First, a local non-governmental organization (NGO) supporting Hong Kong-based refugees, about 150 Bangladeshi asylum seekers and torture claimants reside in that area, suffering one of the worst conditions among thousands of refugees in the territory. (Bobby Yip/Reuters) #

Tareq, a 46-year-old unemployed painter, is reflected in a mirror in the shed where he lives at an abandoned factory in central Athens on May 30. Tareq, a Syrian refugee, who lived in Greece during the 1990s, returned to Syria, but fled back to Greece in 2012, to escape the violence there. Since the debt crisis erupted in 2009, hundreds of thousands of Greeks have lost their jobs and the unemployment rate in the country reached 26.8 percent in March, new figures show. According to Praxis, a non-governmental organization, the number of homeless in Greece has nearly doubled to over 20,000 from 11,000 in 2009. (Yannis Behrakis/Reuters) #

Afghan refugee children collect items of use from a pile of garbage on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan, on June 4. Pakistan hosts over 1.6 million registered Afghans, the largest and most protracted refugee population in the world, according to the UN refugee agency. (Muhammed Muheisen/Associated Press) #

European Union ambassador to Lebanon Angelina Eichhorst, right, holds a mentally ill child in a refugee camp in the town of Alman, northeast of the southern city Sidon, on June 20 upon her visit to the camp. According to the UN refugee agency, war and other crises drove one person from their home every 4.1 seconds last year, pushing the number of people forcibly displaced to a two-decade high of 45.2 million. (Mahmoud Zayyat/AFP/Getty Images) #

A Syrian refugee girl hangs laundry outside her makeshift house in Alman town, in the Shouf area in Mount Lebanon on World Refugee Day. (Ali Hashisho/Reuters) #

An Afghan refugee family climbs onto a truck at a United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) camp in Kabul on June 20. Scarred by decades of war, social problems, poverty and insecurities, millions of Afghans still live as refugees mainly in neighboring Iran and Pakistan. (Shah Marai/AFP/Getty Images) #

A Palestinian refugee boy eats a meal while standing at a fence with drying laundry on the ground of his family's home in the Bait Lahiya camp, northern Gaza Strip on June 18. According to recent Palestinian media reports Beit Lahiya and its surrounding border area are suffering from a severe shortage of all kinds of daily goods and life requirements. An increasing number of families reportedly were falling further into poverty, with the region's unemployment rate being over 30 per cent according to estimates dated from 2012. (Ali Ali/European Pressphoto Agency) #

Muslim children are seen at a refugee camp outside of Sittwe on May 16. MyanmarÌs Immigration Minister has expressed support for a controversial two-child limit on a Muslim minority group that opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi and the United Nations call discriminatory and a violation of human rights. (Soe Zeya Tun/Reuters) #

Palestinian refugee children play inside their family home in Jabaliya refugee camp, northern Gaza Strip, on June 5. (Ali Ali/European Pressphoto Agency) #

An Afghan refugee man, center, covers his face as he and others get caught in a sand storm at a poor neighborhood on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan, on June 11. Pakistan hosts over 1.6 million registered Afghans, the largest and most protracted refugee population in the world, according to the UN refugee agency. (Muhamme Dmuheisen/Associated Press) #

A recently returned Afghan refugee child sleeps while being attended by a family member, after having recently arrived from Pakistan, to a United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) center on the outskirts of Kabul, Afghanistan, on June 20 before returning to their home province after fleeing civil war and Taliban rule. World Refugee Day, a day initiated by the United Nations to raise awareness on the plight of refugees worldwide, is observed on June 20 every year. (Rahmat Gul/Associated Press) #

A Palestinian refugee woman bathes her daughter inside her family house in a poverty-stricken quarter south of Gaza City on June 6. (AFP/Getty Images) #



 
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