Jordan News celebrates World Refugee Day

Children of Afghan refugees play in Afghan Basti area on the outskirts of Lahore on June 19, 2021 on the eve of World Refugee Day. (Photo: AFP)
AMMAN — Today, June 20th, the world recognizes World Refugee Day. This international event honors and celebrates refugees around the world. اضافة اعلان
At Jordan News, we’ve curated a special issue full of stories about the challenges facing the hundreds of thousands of refugees who have made their homes in Jordan

Since 1948, when hundreds of thousands of Palestinians were forced to flee their homeland during the Nakba, Jordan has opened its doors to refugees fleeing conflict, poverty, and persecution. Since then, the Kingdom has seen waves of refugees arrive from Iraq, Yemen, Somalia, Sudan, and Syria. 

Refugees are a crucial part of Jordan’s history, our culture, and our economy. The country would not be what it is today without the work of refugees who, fleeing conflict, make their homes in Jordan, bringing their culture, skills, and rich experiences with them. 

Most recently, during the COVID-19 crisis, Jordan has provided a shining example of refugee inclusion. Refugees have been included in the healthcare response and the national vaccination campaign, ensuring that no one is left out of the pandemic response. 

Ten years after the Syrian refugee crisis began, the situation of many Syrian refugees living outside their homeland is still precarious. Recently, Denmark has revoked the refugee status of hundreds of Syrian refugees living within its borders. We stand with the Jordanian government’s ongoing support and inclusion of refugees from Syria and call for the protection and safety of all refugees.

In today’s issue, you’ll read about the struggles of finding work as a refugee and the successes some have found. You’ll learn firsthand about what it is like to leave your country and be unable to return close to a decade later. We at Jordan News are excited to offer you a day full of coverage dedicated to refugees and their voices. We are grateful for the refugees who took the time to speak to us with candor and grace, and we cannot wait for you to read their stories too. 

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