SHARJAH, 21st June 2016 (WAM) – H.H. Sheikha Jawaher bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, wife of His Highness the Ruler of Sharjah and United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Eminent Advocate for Refugee Children, has called for collaborative efforts to end the plight of refugees worldwide and the intensification of emergency aid to alleviate their suffering and meet their humanitarian needs.
Sheikha Jawaher Al Qasimi’s call, which coincides with the annual June 20 World Refugee Day, is aimed at helping the increasing number of refugees fleeing war from their countries. According to a recent report released by UNHCR, the number of displaced persons seeking sanctuary in countries other than their own exceeded 65.3 million people at the close of 2015.
“The world is experiencing a decisive moment in its history because of major challenges and problems, particularly with regards to the refugee crisis. This pressing concern requires everyone – leaders, officials, individuals and organisations – to come together and help these innocent refugees, the majority of whom are vulnerable women, children and the elderly. There are millions of displaced persons who are in dire need of help and practical assistance to overcome this difficult phase of their lives. It is our responsibility to protect and care for them during their darkness time and to work in unison to create their brighter future,” said Sheikha Jawaher Al Qasimi.
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