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June 20, 2014

World Refugee Day 2014

June 20 is World Refugee Day, an opportunity to draw attention to those who have been displaced around the globe. This is a collection of photos documenting a small percentage of the people who have been driven from their home. --Leanne Burden Seidel (21 photos total)

A women and a girl wash at a tap at a temporary displacement camp set up next to a Kurdish checkpoint on June 13 in Kalak, Iraq. Thousands of people have fled Iraq's second city of Mosul after it was overrun by ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) militants. Many have been temporarily housed at various IDP (internally displaced persons) camps around the region including the area close to Erbil, as they hope to enter the safety of the nearby Kurdish region. (Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

An Eritrean asylum seeker looks through a gap of a temporary shelter on the sidewalk in Sanaa, Yemen, June 20. Since April 29, over 200 Eritrean asylum seekers including women and children living on the streets of Sanaa wait to be resettled to a third country. For the first time since the World War II era, the number of people forced from their homes worldwide has surged past 50 million, the United Nations refugee agency said Friday. (Hani Mohammed/Associated Press) #

Afghan migrant Rahman Jan Safi, 24, (L) greets asylum-seeker receiving a haircut at their shelter at the harbour in Calais, northern France May 4. Safi fled his home country Afghanistan in 2007 and started his long journey through Pakistan, Iran, Turkey, Greece, and Italy before finally arriving in France and making his way to Calais. Safi gained a French residency permit and now works for an association known as the "Auberge des Migrants". The organization helps feed and clothe migrants who are in Calais and who, for the most part, hope to make it across the Channel to England. (Christian Hartmann/Reuters) #

A young mother holds her child in her IDP (Internaly Displaced Persons) shelter in the UNMISS camp on June 20 in Juba, South Sudan. The UNMISS will be closing the IDP site and relocating them to a new site in Jebel Area due to the congestion at the current site in Tomping. (CHARLES LOMODONG/AFP/Getty Images) #

Alain Diabanza, 35, teaches French to a student in Malaga, Spain on May 29. Diabanza was born in the Democratic Republic of Congo, which was ravaged by a brutal conflict from 1998-2003. He went to Angola, Senegal and then Morocco from where he swam to the Spanish enclave of Ceuta. Now he lives in Malaga, where he works as a French teacher and is in a relationship with a social worker named Paula. They are expecting a baby. (Juan Medina/Reuters) #

An Afghan refugee woman carries her child at a special medical camp organized by UNHCR with the co-ordination of Pakistan Medical Dental Association to mark World Refugees Day in Islamabad on June 20. The UNHCR said there were 51.2 million forcibly displaced people at the end of 2013, a full six million higher than the previous year. (FAROOQ NAEEM/AFP/Getty Images) #

People fleeing the military offensive against the Pakistani militants in North Waziristan, travel atop a vehicle with their belongings while entering Bannu, located in Pakistan's Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province, June 20. (Ihsan Khattak/Reuters) #

Michael Telleria poses for a photograph with his girlfriend Ana Maria Ipanaque at his home in the Cuban neighbourhood on the outskirts of Lima in Villa El Salvador May 30. Michael Telleria left Cuba with his parents when he was six years old. Hoping to escape the government of Fidel Castro, they were among some 10,000 Cubans who descended on the Peruvian embassy in Havana in 1980, seeking asylum. Telleria's family hoped to reach the United States, but they didn't make it further than Peru. Telleria now lives in Lima and makes a living selling candies on the bus. (Mariana Bazo/Reuters) #

A Syrian refugee student waits in her classroom for the arrival of World Bank President Jim Yong Kim at a Lebanese public school in the Burj Hammoud area, east Beirut, Lebanon, June 3. (Hussein Malla/Associated Press) #

Afghan refugees go through IRIS scan as they leave for Afghanistan, at United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) registration center on the eve of the World Refugee Day in Chamkani, on the outskirts of Peshawar, Pakistan, 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. (ARSHAD ARBAB/EPA) #

Iraqi children carry water to their tent at a temporary displacement camp set up next to a Kurdish checkpoint on June 13 in Kalak, Iraq. Thousands of people have fled Iraq's second city of Mosul after it was overrun by ISAS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) militants. (Dan Kitwood/Getty Images) #

Syrian children, who are living at the Al Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan, fight as they perform an interpretation of Shakespearean plays "Hamlet" and "King Lear", during the "Shakespeare in Zaatari" event at the Roman Amphitheatre in Amman May 30. The play aims to deliver a message of peace to the world and to draw attention to the situation of Syrian refugees in refugee camps. Organizers hope that it will also provide psychological support for the children through the use of social drama. (Muhammad Hamed/Reuters) #

An Afghan refugee girl yawns as she sits with others to have a medical check-up at a health clinic set up by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) on June 20. (Faisal Mahmood/Reuters) #

Refugees, who fled the military offensive against the Pakistani militants in North Waziristan, sit on a bed they used to sleep rough overnight in Bannu, located in Pakistan's Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province June 19. (Zahid Mohammad/Reuters) #

African refugees live at a temporary shelter beside a road on World Refugee Day in Sana'a, Yemen, June 20. The number of African refugees who have come to Yemen during the past few years has reached 750,000, most of them are Somalis. (YAHYA ARHAB/EPA) #

Afghan migrant Rahman Jan Safi, 24, stands on the beach front in Calais, northern France, May 4. Safi fled his home country Afghanistan in 2007 and started his long journey through Pakistan, Iran, Turkey, Greece, and Italy before finally arriving in France and making his way to Calais. Safi gained a French residency permit and now works for an association known as the "Auberge des Migrants". (Christian Hartmann/Reuters) #

Sinnuyar Baekon's twin babies sleep inside her hut at a refugee camp outside Sittwe, the capital city of Rakhine state June 9. Baekon is among many Rohingya Muslims living in squalid camps in Myanmar after being displaced by religious unrest. Baekon is from Rakhine state, where her family home was burned down in religious riots that broke out in June 2012. (Soe Zeya/Reuters) #

Mohammed al Hassan (R), 32, and his wife Rana sit in their home at a refugee camp in Amman May 29. Al Hassan, his wife and their four children are from Homs, Syria. Al Hassan said that after the start of the Syrian uprising he felt the situation became too dangerous for his family, and he decided to flee. The family now lives at al-Hussein Palestinian refugee camp in the Jordanian capital Amman, where they are mostly dependent on humanitarian aid. They hope that one day the conflict in their country will end and they will be able to go back there and live in peace. (Muhammad Hamed/Reuters) #

Refugee children from the Shan refugee community in Myanmar rehearse before the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) event ahead of the upcoming World Refugee Day in Kuala Lumpur on June 18. (MOHD RASFAN/AFP/Getty Images) #

A Palestinian boys uses a basketball to play soccer in the West Bank refugee camp of Jalazoun on June 13. (Muhammed Muheisen/Associated Press) #

eshmerga military direct traffic at a Kurdish Check point on June 14 in Kalak, Iraq. Thousands of people have fled Iraq's second city of Mosul after it was overrun by ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) militants. Many have been temporarily housed at various IDP (internally displaced persons) camps around the region including the area close to Erbil, as they hope to enter the safety of the nearby Kurdish region. (Dan Kitwood/Getty Images) #
 
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