Diplomacy Doc | June 20, 2022
As we mark #WorldRefugeeDay , I am reminded of my family’s own history fleeing violence, conflict, and persecution. My great-grandfather fled pogroms in Eastern Europe, my stepmother fled Communism, and my late stepfather survived the Holocaust. I stand #withrefugees .
— Antony Blinken, United States Secretary of State
Today, June 20, marks the annual World Refugee Day, for which countries and organizations across the world acknowledge and debate the ongoing traumas affecting displaced civilians. This year, understandably, the main focus has been placed on the plight of millions of Ukrainians.
“Today, ‘World Refugee Day’, is important. It’s a time to remember the troubles that so many are going through, in Ukraine, but also across the world. My advice to other people leaving Ukraine is not to be frightened or worried, and to understand that it isn’t forever – eventually, like me, you will return and life will carry on as usual.”