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What Did World Refugee Day Look Like?

Jun 25, 2021

Blog Post

Sharon Samber,

HIAS country director Alex Theran (L) and the mayor of Bartica, Guyana Gifford Marshal (R) dedicate a mural to the host community in Bartica to thank them for all they do for the refugee community, June 18, 2021,

(HIAS Guyana)

U.S. ambassador to Guyana, Sara Ann Lynch, talks with HIAS staff and refugees from Venezuela in Georgetown, Guyana, June 22, 2021,

(HIAS Guyana)

In a national park HIAS Guyana program manager Andrea Ortiz shared a refugee story book with children, June 20, 2021.

(HIAS Guyana)

UN High Commissioner for Refugees Fillipo Grandi (R) joins the HIAS "I Welcome Because" campaign with HIAS Ecuador's country director Maricela Parra in Quito, June 21, 2021.

(HIAS Ecuador)

HIAS staff in Machala, Ecuador, gather in front of a wall painting celebrating World Refugee Day. June 21, 2021.

(HIAS Ecuador)

In an Instagram takeover of the European Union of Jewish Students' account, Celia Gomez of HIAS Europe talks to HIAS Israel country director Sivan Carmel about asylum seekers in Israel, June 20, 2021.


UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi meets with HIAS Panama country director Roberto Mera in Panama City, June 18, 2021.

(HIAS Panama)

Venezuelan refugees and migrants and people returning to Colombia celebrate together in the Villa Esperanza Settlement host community, in Barranquilla, Colombia, June 20, 2021.

(HIAS Colombia)

In Barranquilla, Colombia, Venezuelan refugees and migrants and people returning to Colombia celebrate together with art in the community of Las Ferias. June 20, 2021

(HIAS Colombia)

When you read about different events that happened around the world in honor of World Refugee Day, you can’t help but think: what did it look like?

The photos above take you through a variety of activities in five different countries where HIAS works. In each celebration there was a recognition of the resilience of refugees and the work that HIAS staff put in every day.

And check out the flash mob in Aruba below — a reminder of a great World Refugee Day!